Oh, you know. Only the latest effort by the speech police.

We have now. Thanks a lot, Rachel!

The Girl Scouts have admittedly done a lot of great things for young women over the years. This is not one of those things:

That’s right. The Girl Scouts want to strike “bossy” from our vocabulary, with a little help from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg:

Snort. Via ABC News:

Sandberg — the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the best-selling book “Lean In” — is spearheading the launch of a campaign today to ban the word “bossy,” arguing the negative put-down stops girls from pursuing leadership roles.

“We know that by middle school, more boys than girls want to lead,” Sandberg said, “and if you ask girls why they don’t want to lead, whether it’s the school project all the way on to running for office, they don’t want to be called bossy, and they don’t want to be disliked.”

And as we all know, telling people what they can and cannot say is the best way to get them to like you.

Needless to say, Sandberg and the #BanBossy crowd aren’t exactly getting the respect they seek:


Amen to that.

  • Ghee!

    but, but… I love milk!

    oops, wrong bossy.

    • rocketride

      Speaking of milk, has anybody else noticed the lame-ass slogan “Milk Life” that they replaced “Got Milk?” with? What does that new slogan even mean?

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Proving there are a lot more Mad Cows out there than just Rachel.

  • QueenB

    Ban bossy, team up with Planned Parenthood. Good plan.

  • CO2 Producer

    What a pushy, officious, authoritarian, dictatorial, controlling, high and mighty, domineering, imperious bunch of broads.

    • johnstretton

      I was with you until you called her pushy – now you are just a hate monger.

      • CO2 Producer

        I’d say you’re being cocky, but that would be self-loathing.

        • Ty in TX ✓ᵇᵒⁿᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


        • Joshua Embrey

          I thought that was self-loving.

          • Jeff

            loving/loathing either way there’s a kleenex involved at the end.

          • Joshua Embrey

            Jeff, your dog is adorable. What’s his name? I was going to name my dog Obama, but then I realized he’s not insecure & full of hate.

          • Jeff

            that’s Maggie, she’s 9 months old now and an incredible ball of energy.

          • Joshua Embrey

            That breed usually calms down around age two. Does she chew a lot of things?

          • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

            Labs rock. The discussion is over.

          • Catchance

            Now you’re just being bossy.

          • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

            I am and I take great pride in it.

          • rocketride

            My cousin’s family has a now elderly Black Lab named Midnight. As an adolescent, she basically ate their couch. They’re lovely dogs, but there is that one little thing about them.

          • Jeff

            Yes, Mags is a chewer. Four or five shoes now, a set of curtains, anything that can be found in the trash, and a quart of motor oil that she enjoyed on the couch. I’m still waiting to get my couch cushions back from the upholstery shop. But I love her and she’s just a puppy still, She’ll be a real good one before too long. My last one was like this as a puppy too and she became one awesome dog that I will miss for a very long time.

          • rocketride

            And we’ll all miss Middie when she goes to dog heaven. Funny thing is I have a Maggie/Mags, too. She is a longhaired tortoiseshell cat.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      In other words, “bossy.”

      • CO2 Producer

        Now now language now now. Flagged.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      There’s another five-letter word that starts with “b” that we will use in place of “bossy.”

      Just sayin’.

      • bungopony

        I got blacklisted for it.
        Seriously,”…me and Mala(sp?)…”?!!Who the hell is that,er,moo-moo to lecture anybody?Oh,right-Mrs.God!Silly me.

        • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

          Blacklisted from where?

          • bungopony

            Twitchy-sometimes my comments are posted,others,i’m informed that I’ve evidently hurt Moo-moo(muu-muu)’s feelings.

      • rocketride

        Actually, the adjectival form is a six-letter word. Just sayin’ :)

  • Tigerspike

    What’s the next word to be banned? Bully? Nosy? Meddlesome? Busybody?

    • Wart

      I think it will be economy. Clearly it is racist.

      • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

        You are obviously a 1%er, or you wouldn’t use such an oppressive word.

      • Porty1119

        You just made my morning…

    • Joshua Embrey


      • Tigerspike
      • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I think the word ‘work’ will be banned, next. After that, the word ‘responsibility’.

        • rocketride

          They won’t need to ban them. They’ll just die of neglect and disuse.

    • journogal

      Jobs…employment…individualism…capitalism…small business

    • bungopony


  • Wart

    So now I can’t say b*ssy with out being called a sexist.

  • RblDiver

    Let’s just ban all the words, save ourselves time.

    • Wayner

      ” “

  • Ghee!

    As my daughter leaves for school every morning I tell her, “Have a great day and be a leader.” She is and does. I have no doubt of her success in future life as she continually shows qualities that cause others to follow her. It instills confidence and she has it by the metric ton.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    More excuses why people can’t succeed………………
    No more “bossy” ?……….ok then, dictatorial, despotic, oppressive, imperious and pushy it will be…………….

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      If we simply ban all words, people shall be reduced to speaking in monosyllabic grunts and gesticular movements . . . okay, it occurs to me that I’ve just described Rap.

      • Kathy McKinny


      • NRPax

        Or the average Marine Platoon.

      • rocketride

        And most Dem sound-bites.

  • GaryTheBrave

    BOSS is backwards for Stupid S.O.B.

  • Maxx

    Does the left’s latest victimization agenda mean more vagina costumes and tampon ear rings?

    • WhoMeToo

      No! God! No God please no! No! No! Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

    • Porty1119


  • DwellsInFire

    Did Sandberg use the word “girls”? Wow. We’ve already had the liberals and gays try to ban words like that because they assign a gender to children. How will anybody navigate around the landmines that liberals have thrown into the English language? Maybe the can publish a booklet about it at taxpayer expense.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    What do they have against Mike?!

    • bungopony

      Damn,wish I’d thought of that?Mike”Negatively Assertive”?

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    Being bossy about banning “Bossy” isn’t exactly helping their cause.

    • http://twitter.com/THE_DAILY_BLEAT VACUOUS CIPHER

      I thought this broad’s only claim tuh fame was being a boss over at Bookface.

      Or maybe it was the swimsuit competition. I forgot, to be honest.

      • rocketride

        . . . Shudder. . . .

  • Jack Deth

    But. But. But didn’t Glenn Close win on Oscar for being a bossy (and bat$hit crazy) woman for boiling a rabbit once upon a time?

  • SpaceRacer423

    #banbossy … #KeepOverAssertiveBitch

  • rcfrt

    Dang…that was a waste of time. I was expecting some kind of vegan theme there….

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    By all means, do something to combat school bullying. But editing the English language to take out words that hurt your feeeeeeelings isn’t going to do it.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    “When a little boy asserts himself, (1) he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a
    little girl does the same, (2) she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like
    bossy send a message: (3) don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle
    school, (4) girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that
    continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls (5) to lead.” – http://banbossy.com/ (numbers added)

    1) Wrong, he’s told he’s “gettin’ too big for his britches” and sometimes bossy.
    2) As does he, bossy is a unisex chastisement.
    3) No, the message is “you shouldn’t tell other people what to do” or they might start calling you something far worse than bossy; a liberal.
    4) Because they become more interested in boys than leading.
    5) No, you’re just teaching them to be bossy.

    • mrspinky85

      If you are afraid of what people you lead may or may not call you, then you’re unfit to lead. True leaders earn respect instead of demanding it.

  • Spinmamma

    Why don’t they just start a campaign touting the goodness of being called bossy? “Bossy is beautiful” “I’d rather be bossy than a wimp” “Bosses get to call the shots” “A good team means everyone is bossy” Or something. Better than banning words–they should know by now they can’t really alter reality by eliminating certain words. It’s not like they haven’t tried it before.

    • SpaceRacer423

      because leftist woman don’t have the brains needed for that level of common sense and instead think with their “lady parts.”

      • wineplz

        sadly, I think you hit it on the nose.

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      It’s never about the word . . . it’s about compulsory conformity. If they can force you to change the very words you use, then they can force you to accept their other non-sense.

      • Spinmamma

        Yes, of course it is about compulsory conformity. The thing is, you can change words, but the concept is still there. For example, the campaign to get rid of the label “mentally retarded” and replace it with “developmentally disabled.” In the beginning, “mentally retarded” was not an insulting term but simply descriptive. Few people now use the term “mentally retarded” in public or in reference to a person who is slow, but it Is still used as an epithet. I imagine as time goes on, “developmentally disabled” will become mainly an insulting term, and will have to be replaced by something else. Human minds are not that easily controlled.

    • Spinmamma

      This was a rhetorical question. (<:

  • DeadlockVictim

    When I first saw the hashtag, I was curious as to what the Girl Scouts had against cows (or “keeows” as we called them, growing up in Vermont).

  • lazypadawan

    I’m glad we’ve solved every other problem in the world so that this is the only issue next.

    Besides I’d rather be bossy than be a nag.

  • SturJen

    Again, with the labels. Always the stereotypes with the labels. They keep putting people into little boxes with labels. and then they freak when the people don’t act according to their labels. Now they’re trying to take off the labels. LOL…Yeah, right.

    They’re STILL thinking in stereotypes and STILL putting people in boxes, they cannot help it. Instead of throwing out the labels, throw out the boxes, idiots. In fact, throw the whole thing out. But then again..that’s very scary; you have to decide whether or not someone is worthy of your respect based on something other than the words of talking heads.

    • Deborah Hallsted


    • mrspinky85

      I love love what you said! I’m so sick of labels. It’s like they try to dissect you like you’re a piece of meat instead seeing you as a fellow human being.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      This is the typical libbie MO. They like to control the language, because it often controls people’s attitudes and behaviors. But lately, it’s not as easy as it used to be…

      • NRPax

        That’s because we’re laughing at them and they don’t know how to handle it.

  • daPenguin

    don’t want no girls walking into Planned Parenthood to get an abortion being bossy!!

  • mrspinky85

    These females want to ban words while saying nothing about the music industry’s constant use of the b word or hoe to refer to our women. Women in America are so much better off than other places around the world that these type of females have to make up stuff to be mad about. I did two combat tours to Iraq and helped Iraqi women who wanted to teach at a new school. I had Iraqi male police not want to help me because I was giving orders to my men. So, I told all my men to stop until the Iraqis helped. Those middle eastern men wanted the food and supplies we had so they helped. I felt like a boss that day. I was bossy to get that job done and I am not ashamed about it.

    • Deborah Hallsted

      Thank you with all my heart, for your courage and wisdom and service.

      • mrspinky85

        Thank you very much.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Bossy Lady rocked!

  • mrspinky85

    I just don’t get how people think banning so many unimportant things will spread freedom.

  • MRSquared

    Ban “bossy” and don’t let people under 18 years of age see images of guns. I’m pretty sure up next will be Facebook suggesting that people should be forced to provide quarter to members of the military.

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      That darn 3rd amendment, always getting in the way of unfunded mandates.

  • Balding Moonie


  • http://bigdeemagnifies.blogspot.com Diana Morrison

    Back when I was a Girl Scout, we said “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Have they ever gone whiny!

  • DG

    My mom is bossy. I know that because she tells everyone that about 50 times a week. Should I ban my mom?

    Maybe Mom is “bossy” because it’s her job? She’s a manager in a large retail company. What is she supposed to be? “Wussy”? Oh, wait. That’s Obama’s job description.

  • gekkobear

    A big part of their sloganeering is “WORDS MATTER”.

    Well ok, I can agree with that. Words do matter. And you’re using the word “BAN”.

    What does that word mean?
    Ban – to prohibit especially by legal means.

    Well that’s not “bossy” at all. Fascist, totalitarian, oppressive. These words are better descriptors of that action.

    “Bossy” was being polite, I guess they’re for ending politeness when discussing a woman’s faults.

    Ok, if that’s what the fascist totalitarians trying to oppress people’s rights want; that’s what I’ll do.

    • Marianne Perkins

      Because god forbid a person like you gets offended by the word “ban” because it upsets them. It’s ban figuratively. Use bossy when necessary, not all the time. It’s not saying, “If you use the word bossy in America, you will be thrown in jail.” The word bossy is not illegal. Would “avoid using the word bossy when possible” a better slogan for this campaign? Which slogan has more of a punch?

      • Elizabeth

        Sweetheart – I have news for you. No one calls girls or women “bossy” any more. Wake up June Cleaver!

        When did feminism become such a group of whiny, thin-skinned, crybabies? Is this really what the Girl Scouts are preparing our girls to become?

        • annoyinglittletwerp

          No-the GSA is preparing our girls to someday enthusiastically murder their unborn babies in the womb. Silly. ///

      • gekkobear

        I’m not the one who led off a campaign with “WORDS MATTER”, then used the wrong words for what I was trying to say.

        “avoid” “discourage” “shun”… these are the correct words for what they want to imply (assuming you’re correct, and they’re not going to push for legal action; which I’m not sure is a good assumption).

        When your entire program is “words matter, be careful what words you use”… and you don’t use your own words correctly in your big slogan… yeah, I’ll call you out on it.

      • NRPax

        Which slogan has more of a punch?

        “Stop being a whiny little waste of flesh and get over yourself.” I’m having trouble coming up with a cute graphic though.

  • Sarina

    I’m sorry, but I’m a little at a loss for words because this campaign isn’t about banning a word. It’s about changing a way of thinking, about bringing your prejudices of how life is supposed to be into the era of now, where women are strong and capable. We don’t live in the 50’s anymore; I can, in fact, open a Heinz ketchup bottle without the help of a man. (If anyone knows what I am referring to, props to you) If you want to sit on your high pedestal and think that there is complete 100% equality, I encourage you to go educate yourself and realize that we live in a society that demeans women and keeps them from achieving. Have we come far from the days before? Yes, definitely. However, there is so much more to go, and this campaign is HIGHLIGHTING that. You don’t have to stop saying the word bossy, say it as much as you like, but remember, you live in a culture where women are secondary on the ladder, and a word will stay with a woman much more than a man. Hell, I’ve had friends who have come to me and told me that rape is a woman’s fault, that she should be shamed and looked down upon because it happened to her. Please explain to me how that’s a viable conclusion, when rape and sexual harassment has led people to stop their lives and live in terror. I should know, I WAS A VICTIM. Therefore, I’m not going to sit down and take it while people believe that this campaign is just about a word. It’s about taking away every single little criticism, every joke about a women’s place, anything that makes a woman doubt her place in society. This is about change, and God, may you keep on using your vocabulary in any way you please, but remember that it might hurt someone else. If that’s the effect, then what the hell is the point anyway?

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      You could have just stopped at “I’m sorry.” Your lunacy that a campaign called “Ban Bossy” is not about banning the word bossy, makes absolutely no sense. If you think that for one minute modern feminism is any improvement on the 50s, you are delusional. While the 50s had its problems, the same as any decade, it had its upsides as well. You lament that there is not complete 100% equality, well, guess what, there never has been, and hopefully there never will. Equality before the law is all for which any may hope, but as Aristotle pointed out, the greatest injustice is to treat unequal things as if they were equal. To pretend that boys and girls should think alike and act alike is horrible. Vive le difference. Citing your being a victim in the past grants you no moral authority to condescend towards me. Skipping to the end of your rant, if what I say hurts someone else, so be it, I will speak what I believe to be the truth and let the chips fall where they may.

      • Sarina

        Wow, no please, put honesty over humanity. Please go ahead, and make it so that you are above the emotions of others. I understand there is never going to be equality 100%. That’s a given, people will think what they want, people will do what they want. I’m just not sure that the campaign is something we can argue when the basis of it is beneficial. Also, my being a victim is not a reason for you to feel negatively at all. It’s my way of saying that hey, this cause really matters to me because guess what? Life has been hard and people have been terrible, but that’s okay. As long as we can come out of that initial understanding that rape is okay, I’m alright, because I’m stronger. Furthermore, I’m not saying we should treat girls and boys the same way. I’m not even completely sure what would be ideal, because it’s not a possibility that everyone can be happy about something. I’m simply stating that this campaign is trying to make it better.

    • jaded

      so what do kids on the playground call the boy or girl who is pushing around another? or being the one who tells everyone else what to play and not letting others decide? This is a dumb campaign, call them what they are: bossy or bully. our school has a no bully zone. I guess it could be renamed “no telling-people-what-to-do/pushing/punching/demeaning/etc zone”. But no bully zone is a lot less ink.

    • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

      You want equal rights? Fine, but you’ll get equal treatment. Now STFU and prove your worth by doing something on your own without government intervention to help you.

      And if you really believe that this is a society that demeans women and keeps them from achieving, I challenge you to live in Saudi Arabia for a year. Give that a try and report back what you learn.

      • Elizabeth

        I was going to reply but you did far better than I would have. ^1000!

      • Marianne Perkins

        No one ever said it’s the worst here, but it certainly isn’t the best.

        • annoyinglittletwerp

          Whiny little girls like you almost make me regret that we were ever given the right to vote…almost. What a pathetic little victim you are.

        • mrspinky85

          What’s so bad? Please enlighten me. I served in a male dominated field artillery unit as the only female Sargeant. Oprah Winfrey was told she was ugly, Martha Stewart went to jail and Miley still sticks out her tongue. We wear what we want, say what we want do what we want. I’ve seen women shoved in the back of a car as a goat sat up front. A 16 year old girl shot because she wanted to girls learn. Once, you physically see how real mistreatment looks you’ll be glad you live free. But, we won’t stay free if we keep telling ourselves woe is me more and more.

          • annoyinglittletwerp

            Thank you for your service, Ma’am!

        • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

          Where is it better?

    • TitzyFritzensimmons

      I feel sorry for YOU. I don’t know where or how you grew up, but in my life, women were held in high esteem and assumed to be strong and brave. We were the ones who transmitted the culture and raised children to be honorable and courageous. We were also happy to have doors opened, walking on the inside of the sidewalk, and having men(and young girls) RISE from their seats when we approached a table. Those “outdated” conventions used to be called MANNERS.

      Foolish women- you have given up the respect accorded you because you are women and replaced it with the crudeness of the locker room. And you wonder why you cannot find men who want to be your partner? Look in the mirror.

      • annoyinglittletwerp

        I don’t feel sorry for her. Everyone has had bad things happen to them at times.

        You pick yourself up, get the help you need(if any) and you move on with your life. You don’t to become a perpetual victim.

        • Deborah Hallsted


    • CR

      You got one thing right. You are a victim and probably will be forever with that attitude.

      I’m a woman and I’ve never one time EVER felt demeaned and I have achieved a whole lot in my life (I’m 31, own two houses and have the kind of income that Barack wants to get his hands on). I didn’t do any of that by sitting around whining about how I’m so oppressed. Blah blah blah. You don’t want to be treated like a victim, don’t act like one and don’t expect anyone to hand anything to you or treat you with kid gloves because you get your feelings hurt at a comment that “makes a woman doubt her place in society.” A real woman isn’t going to let anyone make her doubt her place in anything.

      • Marianne Perkins

        That’s really super fantastic you have such a great life and very high self esteem. That is, and I really do mean that I am happy for you. If you have never felt demeaned in your life because you are a female, that’s also very great. You are lucky. Growing up, most of the time when I spoke my opinion in school or something of the sort, there was at least one boy who stared at me as if I had no idea what I was talking about or told me to “shut up.” This has hindered my self esteem throughout my life, combined along with my mother’s very low self esteem which she is reflected in my own self esteem. I have overcome and am also very successful with a high income now. Does that mean that I am a victim now? No, I am not a victim at the moment because I have overcome. You must keep in mind everywhere there are millions of girls with low self esteem due to the fact they skirt around being called “bossy” or “demanding” because they don’t think they will be feminine in doing so. Also, it really is hurtful for you to say what describes someone as a real woman. You are simply contributing to the fact that women are told all the time (subtly) they are not feminine enough.

        • Elizabeth

          But don’t you think it’s far more important for girls to learn that if they want respect, they should treat each other with respect first? Ban the ho’s, b**ches and sl*ts that they call each other and then maybe we can move on to “Bossy”.

          • mrspinky85

            I said this too. Easier to go after bossy than musicians that actually demean women or Hollywood that values women getting naked.

        • annoyinglittletwerp

          I’m NOT a girly-girl. I’m a tomboy(a ‘real’ woman)and people are just fine w/ it. Get over yourself.

        • Deborah Hallsted

          I was a foster child, who had done all the possible awful things that can happen to them, for years. My mother was worse.
          Rising above that, and choosing power through love and strength has been my challenge. And I have chosen that in spite of my ingrained tendency from childhood to “take a back seat”.
          So my answer to you is from a childhood of what most would consider true victimization. And yet eventually I was able to rise above that, to build a family and a successful career.

          And a pc campaign of banning words is absolute rubbish. It empowers no one.

        • CR

          Kids are ALWAYS going to pick on kids. “Smart” kids get picked on for being nerds, etc. Adults are also going to have to deal with mean people. It’s just a fact of life. You cannot expect everyone else to change to accommodate the fact that it makes you have lower self esteem.

          Part of growing up and becoming a leader or an empowered person is learning not to care what others think of you and learning how to stand up for yourself and stand on your own two feet. We can’t shield kids from everything, nor should we try.

          A girl gets called bossy, she should learn to stand up for herself, which will help give her the confidence to become a strong leader. That’s what we should be focused on, not being the PC police. It’s the same idea with the participation trophies for everyone. No. Just no. The world isn’t going to coddle you and if you face no adversity, you won’t know how to deal with real problems when they arise.

          All these ban bossy campaigns and similar efforts to socially engineer a perfect world are just a waste of time and go against human nature. They also undermine the ability of kids (and many adults) to develop the skills needed to be strong people who live a life of self-determination.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      Yea cause banning words is so empowering to women. Somehow I doubt all the deep thoughts that you ascribe to this campaign apply, if there were any reasonable expectation of awareness as an outcome, they wouldn’t have gone with such a chickenshat word as bossy that is so very mock worthy.

    • NRPax

      Would you like a little Bactine to soothe your hurt feelings?

      • Sarina

        Nah, just a little more compassion would be nice. (:

        • NRPax

          Treating women like helpless, broken and fragile little children whose existence can only be saved if we ban words in the English language is not being compassionate.

          • Sarina

            Well, if you had even read what I said earlier, that’s not exactly what the campaign means to me. It’s a little ridiculous that there are some people that want to ban the use of a word, that simply isn’t feasible. Therefore, it’s much more likely they want to bring awareness to the fact that there is inequality and they want women to be more empowered. In conclusion, I was asking for compassion from YOU, not them. Them raising awareness is compassion, you sitting there downplaying what I say isn’t.

          • NRPax

            Therefore, it’s much more likely they want to bring awareness to the fact that there is inequality and they want women to be more empowered.

            There is already a lot of “empowerment” out there. It’s not my fault (Or anyone else’s) if someone chooses not to take advantage of it. And the issue isn’t inequality. People that support this silly campaign don’t want “equal” treatment, they want “special” treatment.

            In conclusion, I was asking for compassion from YOU, not them.

            Concern Troll is Concerned. Noted.

    • Femmedujour

      Sarina, yours is the most rational and intelligent comment that I’ve read here so far. Women continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Women, worldwide, hold an average of 5% of the CEO positions in the world. Women actually comprise 60% of the labor force but as workers not leaders. When a woman asserts authority, or demonstrates knowledge and competency she runs the risks of being labeled a bitch, not just by her male colleagues but also her female colleagues as well. The saddest thing is that so many women don’t recognize that while we have made strides in gender equality, there is still a long way to go.

      This campaign isn’t about banning a word but about eradicating sexist attitudes and beliefs that we communicate to our children, male and female.

      We live in a country that has never had a woman as president. Not once, even though other countries around the world have had female leaders and the sun hasn’t stopped shining. When Hillary Clinton announced her campaign for president, the chorus immediately began of labeling her as bossy, difficult and power hungry. Of course she wants power and she wants to lead, doesn’t everyone who runs for president? Her appearance and her choices in clothing became topics for analysis even though no one wastes a lot of time questioning what male politicians wear or how they do their hair.

      • annoyinglittletwerp

        I’m a woman…a tomboy…a spitfyre. I am NOT a whiny little fembot victim. ‘Ladies’ like you sweeties are the reason why most of my friends are guys. ‘Da menz are sooo mean to fragile little me. I am sooo helpess! Waaaah’. Respect is something that is EARNED! Y’all ain’t gonna get it w/ your pity party.

        • Femmedujour

          Annoying, I don’t need or want your pity and that isn’t what this campaign is about, nor is it what my comment is about either.

          • annoyinglittletwerp

            I want to be like Sarah Palin when I hit 50 in 2020. SHE gets it. You and your ilk don’t get it.

      • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

        So, you want equal pay and equal opportunity. Fair enough.

        How do you feel about equal treatment? You do realize that that comes with all that you want, no?

        • Femmedujour

          Garth, I must have missed something. Is there some veiled threat in your question? Why wouldn’t women expect equal treatment? Don’t you expect equal treatment? Or do you mean something different by equal treatment? Are you speaking of the “equal treatment” where a woman who demands equal pay and equal opportunity is given a hard time by her male co-workers because she dares demand that she be allowed to compete on a level playing field?

          Please explain to me why I and any woman shouldn’t want equal pay and equal opportunity. Why wouldn’t we want equal treatment? And even more importantly, why wouldn’t you want equality for your wife, or girlfriend, your mother, sister, or daughter? Most men have a few women in their lives, don’t you want those women to have all the opportunities that you have?

          • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

            It wasn’t a threat. It was a question. That you see it as a threat is your victim mentality dictating your life.

            Equal treatment comes with equal pay, equal opportunity, equal rights, etc. You claim to want to be treated as an equal, yet your comments say otherwise. I offer your support of this asinine campaign to stop calling women bossy as evidence. You want to be paid like a man, have the same opportunity as a man, but don’t want to be treated like a man. Equality doesn’t work that way.

            My wife of 24 years is a strong woman who doesn’t allow anyone, particularly me, to coddle her. We’ve raised one daughter, a son and are continuing to raise our other son and daughter to do the same. We don’t believe in the victim mentality and our kids show it.

            Have I had opportunities in my lifetime? Absolutely. But I’ve created those opportunities. So has my wife. I learned to create the opportunities I’ve had from my mother – another woman in my life who refused to be a victim.

            Until you quit whining about how you’re treated, nothing will change. True empowerment is taking charge of your own life and not allowing others to dictate what happens.

            A final question – do you not see the irony in this idiotic campaign to ban the word bossy?

          • Femmedujour

            “You want to be paid like a man, have the same opportunity as a man, but don’t want to be treated like a man. Equality doesn’t work that way.”

            Garth, what is your point? I haven’t asked to be treated differently but equally. You insult the character of a person that you nothing about, predetermining that I hae a victim mentality.

            Nothing that I’ve said has been about being a victim. On the contrary, my point is that women and men are equals and should have equal opportunities to pursue whatever goals they wish. I have no problem with men or women choosing to work in the home instead of the outside workforce. I have great respect for parents, male of female.

            It’s really about opportunities and choice. My question as to what you meant by equal treatment is because I found the question to be odd. It’s a given in my mind that people should be treated equally.

            Equality doesn’t mean that all people are identical nor that we all have the same skills. It simply means that we are all of equal value.

            This campaign is not about banning the word bossy; it is about removing the psychological barriers that often impede girls from having the self-confidence to pursue their goals and assume positions of leadership. The selected information pulled out of the entire project and published here is inadequate and misleading. It would indeed be idiotic to simply declare that no one should use the word bossy to describe girls.

            This campaign is also focused on children based on research done with boys and girls and the attitudes they have about leadership at young ages. Some of those discussions have been videotaped and are available at the initiative’s website.

            Notice that I haven’t declared anyone’s beliefs idiotic or stupid although I have been repeatedly told that my views are invalid and stupid. I haven’t addressed anyone’s character because I don’t know anyone posting here personally and don’t presume to declare anyone’s beliefs to be idiotic.

        • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

          I’ve generally found that the quickest way to offend a feminist . . . is to treat them as an equal.

      • Elizabeth

        LOL! I sure would like to know if you were so indignant about the treatment Sarah Palin received when she was running for VP which was far worse than anything Hillary experienced. Did you speak up for her? Did NOW speak up for her? Did the Girl Scouts speak up? Did Barack Obama speak up for her and tell all of his little hatemongers to knock it off?

        • Femmedujour

          Elizabeth, were you indignant about the treatment that Sarah Palin received when she was running for VP? She wasn’t my candidate and I found her lacking in knowledge of foreign policy and a hypocrite who spouted off about family values while her teenage daughter was joining the teenage girls having a child out of wedlock statistics. I don’t recall anyone calling her bossy, however, or making any gender based criticisms of her.

          No I wasn’t indignant about Sarah Palin except for a tacky magazine cover that Newsweek ran that portrayed her as mindless because she is an attractive woman. I didn’t think that was appropriate or fair. I know plenty of attractive women and they are also very intelligent. It was a low blow and sexist.

          That first amendment that so many conservatives talk about applies to all of us and I am under no obligation to defend Palin or anyone whom I don’t wish to defend. If you are so concerned about Palin, you get indignant and write about her.

          As for President Obama, how many times did Sarah Palin speak up for him and tell all her little Tea Party hatemongers to back off? I didn’t ever hear her do so and you know what? I didn’t expect her to do so nor think that it was her responsibility to do so. He was the opposition.

          • Elizabeth

            You don’t recall anyone calling her bossy? How about stupid c*nt, sl*t, etc…. You referenced Hillary when she was running for president. I’m referencing Palin when she was running. He was a candidate then who set loose his attack dogs on her and your all still at it to this day. So spare me your faux outrage you bossy b*itch. I’ve pegged you for the hypocrite that you are. Thanks for playing.

          • Femmedujour

            Thank you Elizabeth for establishing that you are rude and not at all interested in civil discourse. By the way, the contraction for you are is you’re, not your. “He was a candidate then who set loose his attack dogs on her and your [you’re] all still at it to this day.”

            I don’t mind that you support Palin; it’s your right to do so. That doesn’t mean that I owe her any defense. I didn’t bring her name ujp; you did. Now you appear to be angry because I didn’t address Palin’s perceived mistreatment. I didn’t see her as mistreated but I didn’t really give her a great deal of attention.

            If you wish to address her mistreatment, then you should do so. However, there is no reason that I have to do so. It’s fine with me if you don’t address Clinton or Obama’s mistreatment by the Tea Party Republicans. You are entitled to your own views.

  • Ethanery

    Gee whiz, I am tired of these meaningless “feel-good” campaigns that do nothing to help anyone. I’ve been called much, much worse, and had worse done to me than mere childish insults (this one, by the way, is extremely tame) at that age. This really won’t help anyone…

  • jaded

    bossy, bully… whatever Sheryl.

  • Steve__Jacobson

    If they ban the word how will they know if they or somebody else is being bossy?

  • SideshowJon36

    Banning words is just retarded

  • H50 ✓RAT

    OK fine lets ban the word bossy, cause b!2ch is so much better.
    If were going to start a campaign to banish a word from our vocabulary, I vote for the word “ban” then the progs wont know what to do with themselves.

    • Blake Waymire

      Language is great like that. A word would come about to replace “bossy”, and then the progs would get upset at that and try to ban it, then the cycle would repeat. Progs can never replace language because the concepts are eternal and will gain description again.

  • sue_1234

    If the shoe fits…….

    Some women are controling, self-centered egotists. Only reason they got the job was by kissing their bosses’ ass. It’s ALWAYS the inexperienced ones who are like that since they are the ones who forced their teachers’ to hire them in their 1st jobs in life. Without it, they would be working at McDonalds like the DOGS that they are.

    Men are better managers. That is a FACT!

    • Ronnie Binge

      Every woman I have seriously known, respected and interacted with (including MY WIFE) has admitted that men are better managers, hands down. If any woman does not admit that, you know she is lying. Move on, life is short and you have better things to waste your time on!

  • Emily B

    Bossy people run the world. And I bet they could give a rip if someone calls them bossy.

  • https://twitter.com/rockinranger81 Ben Bollman

    A liberal is a pyromaniac in a field of straw men – William F. Buckley

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    Speaking of words-I’ve been called’ retarded’ more times than I can count-yet I don’t want the word to ever be banned. During your life, people are gonna call you names. Put on your big-girl panties and GET OVER IT!

  • Marianne Perkins

    I don’t think really the true root of this campaign is to “Ban Bossy.” That’s really just more of a slogan. The idea is that throughout school and other things in life, a female is encourage to not speak up. If she is to speak up and assert her point of view-she’s a bossy bitch.

    • Elizabeth

      It’s not the 1950’s anymore. I don’t know many women who don’t speak up and frankly I don’t know anyone who calls them bossy for doing so. Their campaign would be better served by encouraging girls not to call each other b**ch, wh*re and sl*t.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        But Elizabeth, those names are EMPOWERING.//

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      Just because you’re willing to paint girls as helpless victims doesn’t mean that they actually are.

    • Richard Jefferies

      Seriously? As Elizabeth said, this isn’t the 1950s. I’m sorry, this is going to sting, but I wish girls would learn to shut their traps from time to time. I’ve never see so much nonsensical jibber-jabber as I hear from teenage girls these days. They have NO problem speaking their mind despite so many vapid thoughts materializing into mind-numbing rhetoric.

  • Jaycephus

    Could we maybe consider the fact that there actually is a difference between a ‘bossy’ person, and a ‘leader’, and that some PEOPLE are bossy, and some are leaders? And when I think of little kids, boy or girl, “bossy” often comes to mind, which isn’t a surprise, since being a leader is a lot tougher and takes more time to learn than being bossy.

    • Deborah Hallsted

      That is a far too complex and cogent explanation for the “ban bossy” crowd.

  • Jim

    Okay, I’ll play. How exactly do these people want to go about banning this word? Should there be legal repercussions against anyone who uses it? I’m pretty sure the First Amendment doesn’t allow that, but hey, it is a “living breathing document”, right?

  • JR48

    They obviously don’t know a darn thing about ‘middle schoolers’ these days. The word ‘bossy’ is not used on the playground but other more adult words, are. Bossy is the word that you use to tell your mother that some other kid or teacher is bitchy. Bossy is not what they would call another kid. They have a far more colorful vocabulary than that.

  • Patches O’Houlihan

    Applause to Jon Gabriel – My immediate reaction to this article, was that in the “real world”, these little girls, will be referring to my little girl, as… The Boss….

  • Scooter Biggs

    Ban Liberalism. Now THERE’S something that will make a difference!

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      Make a real difference: Ban the word Ban.

  • Scooter Biggs

    Bossy? Like Obama?

    • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

      Like Wookie.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Banning anything isn’t American remember the the land of the free the home of the brave. Apparently the girl scout’s forgot they operate inside the United States.

    • JJay278

      the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts are a disgrace.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        Throw the “new” Disney into the mix and kids today have fewer and fewer wholesome options to turn to anymore.

        • JJay278

          so true, to new (i think he’s the ) CEO pf Disney’s wife is a bigwig at Huffpost.

  • mrspinky85

    We have to say enough is enough. Our schools rank 47th, our economy is tanking, our foreign policy is a joke and society is championing a generation of wussies. Our children will be left with so much debt but we worry about the word bossy. This is just another phony attempt to fix a small problem to distract us from what’s really going on.

  • Ed McDowell

    There are two kinds of people in this world. Those that aren’t bossy and those that tell others to banbossy.

  • LegalizeShemp

    The banners must have a female boss.

  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I posted this on the wrong page. Oops! Anyway, a paste:

    This is one of THE dumbest things I have ever heard of!

    Banning a word?? So, censorship. Ridiculous!

    I am just gobsmacked. Right, let’s ban a word ’cause girls are too weak and it will offend their delicate sensibilities. Because women need MORE of being perceived as weak!

    Why not take back the word? Get called “bossy” say, YES I AM!! Own the word. Come from a position of strength, not fear and weakness.

    Just absurd. Females should be utterly embarrassed by this. Ugh!

  • CasualMeyhem

    Being as I use that word SPECIFICALLY to annoy people, MAKE ME.


    Until such time as we no longer have freedom of speech, I intend to continue rendering my Pro-Bono services as an asshole. You are not required to enjoy it.

  • Bob

    “Bossy” is a word I hardly ever used, but I guess now I need to use it more often, especially with regard to Leftist chicks.

  • kbielefe

    Do people not realize there’s a difference between being bossy and being a leader? Bossy is when you say something and expect it to be followed just because you’re “in charge,” regardless of whether it’s a good idea, and then whine when no one wants to follow. Sort of like what Obama does with Congress.

    Leaders make people want to follow them by making a good case, engendering respect, pulling their weight, helping people see things in a way they may not have considered before, and addressing everyone’s concerns as much as possible to create a win-win situation.

    By all means, ban bossy, but ban the act, not the word. There was a time when people actually tried to teach children to be real leaders.

  • Seamus Harper

    Bossy is so over used lets just skip that word and tell our little girls to grow up and not be so Bitchy like their moms! went there and ate some cookies!

  • W Randall

    Way to teach girls they can be kept down by a single word!

  • Ronnie Binge

    but “bossy” really IS a word that uniquely describes females who bark orders totally outside the context of any legitimate authority structure. it generally does not describe leadership of any kind. If a girl is being bossy, she ISN’T being a leader. She’s being bossy. Period, end of story. If a boy is being bossy, same deal. He isn’t being a leader, he’s being bossy.
    If girls have a unique problem being ineffective, bossy people, why is that everyone else’s problem?
    Answer: It’s not.
    IDEA: Become a real leader and stop trying to force people to label you.

  • Richard Jefferies

    “I don’t know any boys called bossy”

    You know what happens to little boys who act bossy to other boys? Hint, they aren’t just called bossy. They should be so lucky. More often they end up with their underwear for a hat or bobbing for odor cakes.

    • Bob Stetz

      Unfortunately, boys at a young age who are assertive or aggressive are labeled bullies or are considered to be developing bully-like tendencies. These boys are villified, reprimanded, and made to change. So much for developing our sons innate leadership tendencies.

  • Jeremy Winter

    Ha so many dumb asses who didn’t bother to read what #banbossy was about. “They said ban a word! They dumb!” Yeah, people realllly want to ban a word. #idea vs #word kids.

    • Reggie1971

      I’m sure if an organization said “ban anti-war speech” and then turned around and said “Oh we don’t mean LITERALLY”, it would be no big deal, right?

      • Jeremy Winter

        That would be a big deal. Stand by your words don’t pretend you didn’t say them.

    • Zach Smith

      Hey, I read this on the GSUSA website. Maybe this is what it’s about:
      “GSUSA and LeanIn.org also are collaborating on products that Councils/troops will able to purchase.”

    • $7610427
      • Jeremy Winter

        That article does mention a (foolishly named) public service campaign called ‘Ban Bossy’, however it has no mention of any legislation to criminalize the usage of a word.

        • $7610427

          No one said anything about legislation to criminalize the usage of a word! You said no one wants to ban the word “bossy”…that’s it’s more about the “idea”…to which I called bullsh*t.

  • Coffey Kin

    #banbossy = doubleplusungood

  • Hype

    Any wonder why Putin punks our president repeatedly… like he owns the bitch????

    Just saying

  • LegalizeShemp

    What happened to banning bullying? Oh snap, that was last year’s outrage du jour.

  • stuckinIL4now

    When I saw #BanBossy I thought they meant get rid of the Mooch.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    The irony is, the only way this campaign will be effective is if its supporters act–yes, you guessed it–bossy.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Evidence of cultural evolution is visible in related alphabets, such as those of the Greeks and Russians, who trace their roots to the same language ancestor as Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit.

  • Zach Smith

    My new campaign is called #BanFacebook. I believe this will be a great service to humanity.

  • PoppySeedPops

    Listen up! Keep this in mind come elections because you know how everything is racist now? Soon everything will be sexist.. God help us. Everyone needs to read Orwell’s 1984 to see where this is all going

  • Nunaya Dambizness

    Strange that she wants to ban “bossy” but not “overbearing b!tch.” I guess she’d have to come up with a new nickname in that case…

  • al hunt

    they don’t like to be called bossy, but want to restrict what people say, ok I will now use the word stupid in place of bossy!

  • Chris Hightower

    The important part of the included quote is “they don’t want to be disliked.” Banning a word won’t stop people from disliking a pushy, overbearing (read: bossy) boss.

    Being a leader means more than just telling people what to do. Leaders lead. Bossy people dictate.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The way to handle “bossy” people, courtesy of the Golden Age of TV:

    Ralph: “Let’s get somethin’ straight here, Alice– in this house, I’M the ‘Boss,’ and you’re nothin’! Y’unnerstand that?”
    Alice: “Oh, I getcha all right, Ralph– yer the ‘Boss o’ Nothing’!”
    Ralph: “Oooh, you dirty… (*inaudible*)…”

    (BTW– RIP Sheila MacRae, the 1960’s Alice.)

  • Eve

    In the grocery store the other day, a group of girls were selling Girl Scout cookies and surrounded me & my cart. I couldn’t resist. I politely said “I do not support Planned Parenthood and their murder, in addition to the palm oil used in the product.” The parent looked at me with the deer in the headlights look. Then I said “You can explain that to your Girl Scouts and now you have the understanding of how many parents feel when they have to explain the sexual fetish of lesbians and being gay”. Ban Girl Scouts, they are a do nothing organization for girls and I would of ignored them if they weren’t so “bossy” when selling their Agenda Cookies.

  • Femmedujour

    I’m really curious about all the women on this site who loudly proclaim how tough they are and how they don’t need any weak, timid feminists to ban the word bossy. Are you really so clueless that you don’t recall any history. Women weren’t even allowed to vote until the 20th century. Only 5% of all CEOs worldwide are women. And some of the gentlemen on this site have asserted that the reason women aren’t in leadership positions is because men are more qualified to be leaders. There are also comments from multiple males that women are bossy, difficult and just all around ill-tempered.

    Funny, but this “lily-livered” feminist works in a male dominated profession; I’m an attorney, and not a single man with whom I’ve ever worked has ever made me cry or take my marbles and go home. I’m not afraid of hard work nor do I hate men. I just happen to believe that men and women are equal, not identical, but of equal value. Certainly there are things that women don’t do as well as men but there are things that women do better than men. Until men figure out how to give birth to a child, I think that women might actually have an edge in being capable of something that men absolutely cannot do. Oh, and before someone brings up the pregnant man of a few years back–he was born a woman and it was his female parts that carried the child and gave birth to it.

  • ray smith

    Will all the farmers be not allowed to call “Bossy” at milking time?

  • Jaycephus

    OMG, they spoke with ‘Gavin’, noted expert and authority on schoolboys, and coincidentally, a third-grader himself. When asked, he admitted that he knows of no boys called ‘Bossy’. He went on to say that he does know a ‘Brian,’ a ‘Barry’, and a ‘Bailey’. He perked up and smiled widely when the interviewer mentioned ‘Betty’, who Gavin noted was actually “kinda bossy”, but it was OK, because she had made him her boyfriend, and her plan was to get married when they got bigger.

  • $7610427

    Don’t think I’ve ever used the word “bossy”. Now, if they go banning the word “b+tch”…I’ll become, for the most part, mute.

  • binks

    sticks and stones…. get over yourselves!! that’s SOOOOOO damn stupid!!

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  • redbirddeb

    Let’s start a new hashtag game: #wordstoban …. I respectfully submit, say, RACIST. Any takers? 😉

  • dchrist81

    Typical. The left launches a campaign to “ban” bossy, rather than OVERCOME bossy. Because we wouldn’t want a nation of strong, capable overcomers, would we?

  • Moue La Moue

    The irony …. it burns!!!!!!!

  • Princess Starlight

    Hey, why don’t you ban bitch while your at it, and why don’t you ban the whole English language while your at it! Dumb celebrities and then they wonder why some aren’t respected by the general populace.



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  • YoungMD

    What about p1us1sy?

  • bret robertson

    ya know the irony of them bo… er hmmm BULLYING people to not use the word bossy is pretty funny don’t ya think ?

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  • shurty

    Its a mental disorder , Avoidant personality disorder they are so afraid of being criticized they want to ban words . Which word should we ban next maybe Narcissistic

  • Jaycephus

    What’s next? I predict #BanBesties. Since kids feel bad because a friend has a best friend who is not them, their feelings are hurt. And we can’t have that! Already happening in UK.

  • Rickie Rhinurack

    I think rachel and beyonce were just lazy and beyonce were like, “what should we do??”
    and then rachel said, “i know! lets oppress our feminist state and ban a random word!”
    Real smart rachel. real smart.

  • Mike

    Funny how the most stupid campaign that’s called #Banbossy when in actual fact the women who support this kind of censorship are actually being bossy themselves… You know what i got to say to that?


    Another wasted Campaign that could have actually HELPED women like fighting breast cancer or Maybe DOING SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE.

  • Schtuperman

    This is one of the most ridiculous campaigns I have ever heard of! Isn’t Ms. Sandberg being rather BOSSY demanding that we “ban” a word? As usual what we see with the left is they are all about “tolerance & diversity,” so long as you agree with them! #bansherylsandberg

  • Apperentlytheonlyonewithabrain

    Hey let’s ban everything! Obviously the way to make more female leaders is to completely remove every obstacle for them so they will have no backbone what so ever! Backbone’s are too hard and oppressive and take to much RESPONSIBILITY AND INTEGRITY TO HANDLE! Dear what ever god there is, this is ridiculous.
    Remember when leaders were defined as someone who lead others through issues and to success? How can these now victim-a-fied girls lead anyone when they can’t even handle a freaking word. Everyone I went to school with was either called bossy, whore, prick, push-over, etc. Many are now in leadership positions, a good bit of which are female. But let’s also remember that not all people (MEN OR WOMEN) are cut out to be leaders, some even turn it down due to the responsibility it entails.
    And as for the larger picture that this campaign is trying to accpolish, the empowerment and what not, Im all for that and many people are. But this ironically bossy campaign to ban a word- that isn’t nearly as important as the rest of the world’s problems- is not the way to go about it. Im not sure what is but hey? How about you take the money for this campaign im sure you’re making and give it to the men, women and children over in third world countries who can do a lot better with it then you. You can have that Idea.

    Good Leaders Lead
    Bad Leaders Victimize