|You Go, Beyonce Girl! Way to own being Ms. Bossy Sauce!|
The movement by Sandberg and her girl powered posse to promote female leadership is definitely an interesting (and controversial) one. As the Ban Bossy website explains:
“When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy.’ Words like bossy send a message: Don’t raise your hand or speak up."
The site goes on to cite that by middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys, and that fear of being seen as bossy, aggressive or controlling can hurt their self-esteem and hold them back later in life. Hot damn!
|My daughter and her Girl Scouts friends at Liberty Science Center learning girls can be anything.|
This really got the mom in me thinking. Have I been doing this to my own daughter just by calling her out on her unwillingness to play nice? If so, talk about a doozy of an oxymoronic feminine mystake.
Ya see, Beans came out of the womb knowing what she wants and hell-bent on getting it. So much so that her dad and I nicknamed her 'the heat-seeking missile.' At times I have called her STUBBORN, a DIVA, a BULL-IN-A-CHINA-SHOP, and behind her back am even guilty of referring to her by the worst b-word of all.