(PCM) By now I am sure that most of you have heard about the new campaign spearheaded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to ban the word bossy and empower young women to become leaders, however some are criticizing the campaign claiming that it creates a harmful double standard.
While the campaign is doing a great job at raising awareness and urging females about their leadership potential, many feel that by simply banning a word will not solve the underlying problem which has to do with the social issue of sexism at it’s core.
The Ban Bossy campaign has enlisted the help of several high-profile women such as Beyonce, Condoleezza Rice, Jane Lynch and Jennifer Garner to help spread the message stop the use of the word bossy. They urge young women to shut out negative thinking and gain a take charge attitude.
Critics of the campaign also feel that banning a certain word or phrase, can often times make it more desirable to use in the future. Also, a word like bossy is certainly not the very worst word that could be used to describe a woman. Many women do not see time find the word derogatory at all.
While it is true that most of the time it is women who are referred to as being “bossy” more often than men, there are plenty of additional derogatory terms that can define a overbearing male as well.
The “Ban Bossy” campaign is certainly a shows great effort and I feel like Sandberg’s heart was definitely in the right place, but overall it may have slightly missed the mark on the target it was aiming to strike.