Beyonce Backs Campaign to ‘Ban Bossy’: Watch

Robin Harper

Beyonce’s not bossy. She’s “the boss.” That’s the difficult-to-dispute line from Bey herself, as she joins the likes of actors Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch, fashion designer Diane Von Fürstenberg and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a viral campaign which calls for a ban of the word "bossy". 

The project is the brainchild of author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg established the social-media driven campaign as a way to “encourage girls to lead.” "When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a 'leader'. Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded 'bossy'," she writes.

 The #BanBossy debate has kicked off in earnest. In an opinion piece published in The Guardian under the title, "Even if 'bossy' could be banned, there are far better ways to boost girls' self-esteem,” Hadley Freeman notes, “most high-profile women have to cope with being called a five-letter word on a regular basis that begins with B, but sure ain't ‘bossy’.” 

For the same publication, Jill Filipovic argues "bossy" is "a good place to start." She adds, "If only Beyoncé had been around when I was a kid to tell me I wasn’t bossy. I was just honing my management skills."


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