General Boo Hoo And The "Bossy" Ban
Debra J. Saunders writes at SFGate:
It's downright irritating when a bossy billionaire blubbers about the subtle messages embedded in language that impeded her success.
In the Wall Street Journal, Sandberg lamented that a teacher once told her best friend not to emulate the young and bossy Sandberg. Nobody knows the trouble she's seen.
Instead of telling the world which word not to say, Sandberg ought to be telling girls - and boys - a lesson that doesn't tell them to feel good for just being who they are. Like: Don't be victims.
Or: Don't be babies.
...To me, the Ban Bossy campaign is one of those unnecessary feel-good, pat-yourself-on-the-back schemes that puts lipstick on social media's most dubious achievement, the sanctification of rampant self-promotion disguised as content. You could say it's the Facebook-ization of feminism.
...If ever there is a sign of the feminization of America, it could be that one Ban Bossy celebrity spokesman is former Gen. Stanley McChrystal. That's right, the former head of NATO command in Afghanistan - whose swagger and irreverent attitude toward the Obama White House was so pronounced that he had to resign - has been reduced to piggybacking onto a campaign that exhorts little girls not to let themselves be stereotyped and suggests that teachers conduct "no interruptions" conversations so that every child has a chance to speak.
A wartime general wants to ban bossy? Why even have an army?
Just loved those last two lines.