I’ve been noticing an ongoing trend where women refer to themselves as ‘girl bosses’, a term which I just don’t quite get.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
As a feminist, I support, respect and appreciate everything that the term ‘girl boss’ stands for – women being bosses too. I totally understand the sentiment and I’m 100% behind it!
However, I just don’t understand why ‘girl’ has to be added on.
First of all, being a boss is an innate part of being a woman (not biased, just truth). Let’s face it, we deal with so much sh*t simply as a result of our gender; I thought I’d compile a short list with a couple of highlights:
– cat calling/wolf whistling
– unsolicited groping
– upskirting (shoutout to Michael Chode)
– giving birth
– constant pressure to look a certain way
Like it or not, girls are bosses. Whether that’s in the form of a CEO, a cleaner, a teacher, a nurse, an artist, a bus driver, a builder, an astronaut, a scientist, a lawyer, an actor, a writer….the list goes on. Every single day there are women around the world who are working their butts off and pushing our planet and society forward, and they’re absolutely bossing it.
Secondly, creating this sort of co/sub-category isn’t, in my opinion, helpful in asserting the fact that women (and, for that matter, those of any gender) are capable of the same things as men. Why should we create our own new, on trend title?
We can prove that we are capable of what so many male bosses already do. That is, be a boss.
Do you use the term ‘girl boss’? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!
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