As Twitchy reported, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez have launched a campaign to ban the word “bossy” from Americans’ vocabularies, saying the word stops girls from seeking leadership roles. Of course, Michelle Obama is on board as well, along with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

We can get behind the effort to raise girls to value leadership skills and assertiveness, but we’re not sure a top-down ban on the B-word is the way to go. But what other options are there?

  • jaded

    Until today I cannot remember the last time I actually heard the word “bossy” used (except for a cow’s name). B!tchy, yes, bossy? Pretty outdated. But yes, let’s get on a campaign to redirect attention.

  • Brent Weaver

    Stop telling me what to do, say, or not say.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      NEIN! You must do as we say, or the party shall correct you.

    • Marcy Cook

      You mean you don’t like the fact the Michelle is being BOSSY about banning BOSSY?

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    The Bossy, just keep getting bossier…Yes Boss, No Boss. May we have more gruel Boss?

  • daPenguin

    isn’t this the same flotus that is demanding that schools feed “food” to the kids that they won’t eat and yet gloms onto every high cal thing she can get her hands on? Or is that another flotus I am thinking of?

  • Bui van vat

    Feminism is obsessed with banning words. Thank heavens; it annoys people and diverts them from doing more harmful things.

    • unknown

      Remember when “freedom” advocates were bemoaning the censorship of books and things by the Religious Right?

      • thetreyman


  • Bui van vat

    Can’t we just #banbossiness ?

    • Blake Waymire

      Apparently bossiness (known by most others in this day as bitchiness) itself is fine. Just ban the word so little girls can feel good about being bossy.

    • DC is Evil

      Can’t we just #banmichelle?

  • The Masked Avatar

    Meet the new bossy. Same as the old bossy.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      (*DING DING DING!*) Winner!

  • Elizabeth

    Never mind. Apparently there are just too many words that are not acceptable to post here.

  • Maxx

    I can think of plenty of other things more important to ban than Bossy. Say for example, television shows featuring a naked Lena Dunham.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      Or a clothed one, for that matter.

  • DeadlockVictim

    “Mr. Kettle? The First Pot is on line two.”

  • Andy Rigo ✓ᵗᵉʳʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    If you’re precious little flower wilts at being called bossy, you’re not doing your job as a parent.

  • DG

    Bossy Michelle Obama wants to ban herself?


  • WhoDat

    A man drives his employees to work harder, he’s a good boss.

    A woman does the same and she’s “bossy”.

    • mrspinky85

      Why is it that our empowerment is determined by being like men? I don’t understand how forcing someone to change their language changes how they feel. A good leader inspires others who voluntarily do the right thing. As a combat leader with male and female subordinates, I had lives in my hand. Did I care if they called me bossy as long as we all made it home? No.

      • carmenta

        ‘Tis the Minitrue…30 years overdue, but here all the same :(

    • Joshua Embrey

      And you’ll always be an obstinate pussy.

    • QueenB

      And that’s the problem of the person who thinks the man is a good boss and the woman is bossy. Now, if you’re the type of woman who is always looking for the reason why you’re a victim, this type of thing matters to you. However, if you’re the type of woman who puts on her big girl panties everyday, fights like a girl and gets things done, you don’t really care if someone calls you bossy, or really any other name you can think of. You know it’s THEIR problem, not yours.

    • ceemack

      On what planet?

    • NRPax

      So somehow, banning a word is going to magically make things better. Do you have any proof of that beyond “it feels right”?

    • Wart

      There is no evidence to believe that is even remotely true. This is just a pathetic attempt to censor a person’s free speech. I had hoped you of all our libs would know this.

    • alanstorm

      That’s incredibly sexist of you – seriously.

      Since you are proclaiming your ignorance, either boss can piss off his employees, or get more out of them – it’s all in the approach, and the boss’s character.

    • Spinmamma

      Have you ever had a female boss? Or do you know anyone who does? I can assure you, a female employer who “drives her employees to work harder’ is not called bossy. And a male who “drives his employees to work harder” is not called “a good boss.” There are “b” words to describe that kind off boss of either sex.

    • Swagner

      A. Parroting slogans does not an argument make.

      B. A man (or woman) who uses the term “bossy” has no business in a corporate setting, or anywhere but an elementary school playground.

    • Ethanery

      Far more often I hear men called “arrogant”, among a variety of colorful swear words. I have not heard the word bossy since my little sister left kindergarten years ago. People simply resent being told what to do, whether by a man or a woman, banning words does nothing (and may actually make any apparent name-calling much worse).

  • mrspinky85

    Aren’t they ironically being bossy trying to tell us what to say?#Totallackofselfawareness

  • unknown

    Wow, just wow. So censorship is wrong except for when THEY do it.

    • mrspinky85

      Pretty much.

  • QueenB

    Yes, let’s teach our young women to assertive in their victimhood! Give me a break.

  • Rex

    “I like bossy girls. I always have. I like people filled with life.” – Amy Poehler

  • Rex

    Quit trying to ban language on us – that’s called being Fascisti

  • JT

    The Left sure loves its censorship.

  • mrspinky85

    How about we teach girls that no matter what someone calls you, you don’t let that stop you. #Likeaboss

    • QueenB

      That’s pretty much how I roll. But then again, I don’t live my entire life looking for the reasons I’m a victim.

  • socalcon

    …hmmm, from the admirers of ‘Mad Men’?
    Go figure.

  • mrspinky85

    Stick and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me. #Myinnerlittlegirl

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Quick thought experiment: Lefties say that calling a girl “bossy” is just a way of dismissing her contribution to some discussion/matter with a word people have tried to condition her to think is bad when applied to a female– it’s wrong, and it shouldn’t be done, they say.

    And so, I propose that when they say “Racist/sexist/[whatever]-ist,” it’s just their way of dismissing whatever contribution a white male might have, by use of a word they have tried to condition him to think is bad applied to him. It’s wrong, and shouldn’t be done, I say.

    “No fair– you used LOGIC!”

    • mrspinky85

      Same way they use words with negative connotation to describe anyone who looks like they should be a democrat but are not.

    • NRPax

      Don’t forget “homophobic.” That’s another word used to dismiss a straight person’s point of view.

      • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

        Absolutely! We refuse to let them limit Our Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. These are our Natural Rights, Natural Laws, granted to us by Our Creator.

    • DINORightMarie

      The only problem with this (besides the obvious: logic and reason) is that the “language police” don’t allow US to make (or undo) their definitions. They claim that all for themselves. And, until there is some clout reclaimed from the MSM and the leftists “elites” (who the MSM thinks are OH! so smart!).

      Let’s hope it will be reclaimed soon!

  • Wart

    Calling someone bossy is bad, but calling someone a racist teabagger is A-OK.

  • Emily B

    Dear Girl Scouts/FLOTUS,

    Don’t boss me.


  • Rightside

    Yeah, let’s force people to buy things they don’t want or need, then take their money from them when they don’t comply

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    And her Husband is the biggest Bigot:

    Obama on the U.S. Constitution:
    Source: Taken from his book and in his own words: “Audacity of Hope” page 54 of 217 PDF Form:
    Ultimately, though, I have to side with Justice Breyer’s view of the Constitution—that
    it is not a static but rather a living document, and must be read in the context of an ever-changing world.

    Obama on White Folks Greed:
    Source: Taken from his autobiography and in his own words: “Dreams From My Father” page 158 of 235 PDF Form:

    “It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day
    than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year,
    where white folks’ greed runs a world in need,
    apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…
    That’s the world! On which hope sits!
    Source: Washington Times
    State Dept buys $70k worth of Obama’s books to tell the World


    Source: Cybercast Newservice
    Obama if Catholics have their schools and building and protestants have theirs

    Source: Washington Times
    Obama sparks Catholic ire comment parochial school

  • louisiana_mom

    I have a better idea, how about we teach our daughters to be strong
    enough to over come teasing by teaching them to stand up and fight their
    own battles. Empower them instead of protecting and making victims
    out of them???

  • thedumbblonde

    Oh hell, forget “bossy” just call me a “b*tch”, I’m a grown-up. I can deal.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      I will never call you that. Ever. A bitch is a female dog, and it was and should still be a mortal insult to apply it to a woman. My attitude on this will never change.

      • thedumbblonde

        Stating the obvious, you, Sir, are a gentleman.

        • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

          Thank you, Ma’am. Your humble servant.

  • JohnnyN2O

    Your so controlling

  • ClinkinKY

    I have now decided to preface every Michelle Obama/Jimmie Johnson reference with “bossy”. Thanks for the inspiration Mr and Mrs Bossy.

  • jaun456


    • Apostic

      Bossy Bossy Bo Bossy
      Banana Fana Fo Fossy
      Fe Fi Mo Mossy Bossy
      Hey, Bossy!

  • Chip

    Poor cow.

  • Russ

    Telling us what to buy, eat, drink and think is not being bossy, Moosh?

  • carmenta

    and that, right there, means I shall be proud to be called bossy! I shall reclaim the word bossy and make it beautiful!

    • Amanda Davis

      Reclaim it girl! If words like “sl*t” or “bi*ch” can be reclaimed, how much easier will it be to reclaim “bossy”? (Although in my family we say “bossy cow” which, eh, prolly will never sound empowering)

      • carmenta

        See, we use ‘bossy boots’ which, with the right footwear and accessories could be awesome!

        • Amanda Davis

          Oooh, I LIKE that…. Now I’ll have “These Boots Are Made For Walking” stuck in my head all day 😉

          • carmenta

            ‘These Bossy Boots Are Made For Walking’ and kicking butt and taking names when necessary!

  • Bob

    Moochelle Obama, one bossy chick.

  • DINORightMarie

    The language police strike again! This is how it’s done, people. They take a word and decide to co-opt it, redefine it, ban it, or somehow undermine its meaning and effectiveness.

    He who controls the language………

    An aside:

    So boys aren’t bossy? Only girls are in need of help with a lack
    of self confidence? I believe there is more need for encouragement and
    supportiveness for BOYS these days, given how they have been under
    attack by femiNazis, schools, and society in general for decades now.
    Why do you think that fewer are going to college every year, and that
    girls outnumber the males on nearly every campus?! They can’t use their fingers as a “gun” (or even eat a PopTart that MAY RESEMBLE the general L shape of a “gun” – also resembling a Right Angle, school administrators and teachers!!!) without threat of punishment or “counseling” to “get their minds right”; they can’t give out candy canes or draw a picture of Jesus or the cross without fear of schools attacking them; they can’t play tag, dodge ball, kickball, or other kid games because they can get too “violent” and “too competitive” and hurt feelings, or make someone else “feel uncomfortable” or “threatened” somehow. Poor boys – they are struggling to be young men of integrity and strength. And the odds are against them turning out well…………………..yes, they are.

  • Michael Rice

    I have a pen and a phone and I will use it to get what I want or something like that….sounds pretty bossy to me.

  • Amanda Davis

    Yes, let’s ban all the words. That way we won’t be able to have fruitful discussions about controversial issues…. Because there will be no approved words left. Kinda hard to discuss any real or perceived injustice in the world if we’re only allowed to say “unicorn, rainbow, fluffy, green, and equality”.

  • Zach Smith

    A group of bossy women want to ban the word “bossy.” Fancy that.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    #BanBossy… says the woman telling us what we can/can’t eat or how much exercise we should get.

  • Ryan Johnson

    Gotdammit, Michelle! I have little to no problems with you! Just your husband! Don’t ruin that for me!

  • ElDerecho

    Yes, lets ban words to control how ideas can be expressed. That would be double plus good! (and just in time for our war with Eurasia)

  • BabiesGrandma

    I like this on Twitchy: “By attempting to ban the word bossy, you are being bossy. Stop trying to control words I can or can’t say.”

  • Perry

    control freak commies.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Crap, now I’ll have to change my cow’s name.

  • Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    War on Women.

    Perpetuating the idea that women are victims.

    This just sickens me.

    I was called bossy growing up. I never gave a squirrel’s behind.

    I am always the natural leader in situations where a leader is called for. It’s always been that way.

    Implying that women are weak and over-sensitive is a HUGE disservice to girls and women everywhere.

    Take back the word! When someone calls you bossy, say Thanks! Yes I am! Now do what I tell you! 😀

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I think we should #BanBarry instead.

  • @aynwasright

    I shall tell my daughters, “work hard, pay your dues, climb the ladder, get to be bo…err..a collaborative leader of sensitive individuals”. Cue the eye roll.

  • Vincent Perrault

    There’s nothing wrong with it as long as you’re right. If you’re wrong & bossy, then you’re an ass.

  • Vincent Perrault

    The secret reason maybe it contains all the letters for ‘boy’ and ‘SS’. But I thought they would enjoy that last aspect.

  • Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    A liberal friend of mine just told me how she thinks this is a great thing, that it’s to empower girls.

    It’s just amazing to me how a person’s brain can operate 180 degrees differently.

    I told her that censorship is not empowering. Teaching girls to be afraid of a word is NOT empowering.

    Want to empower girls and deal with low self-esteem? Deal with body issues, photoshopping in magazines, the need for approval from boys, teen pregnancy, the lack of interest in STEM programs.

    Leaders are STRONG, they are not felled by a word. Such a joke.

    And it frustrates me no end that my friend just does not at all understand who this #banbossy crap is injurious, not empowering.

  • cloudshe

    let’s ban phoney entertainers who are too self-important to worry about messing up the national anthem (as in: how is it a “Performance” when you’re just lip syncing?)

  • Matt D.

    Many of collectivism’s erroneous arguments arise from the untenable illusion that free markets are responsible for natural human discontent.

  • Thevelvetkitten

    Leaders don’t follow the crowd.

  • Peyton


  • C Dedi

    In next weeks news, selective book burning….