When I saw this hit the web yesterday, I had the same reaction as this person:
At the risk of actually learning the answer, what the heck is #BanBossy?
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) March 10, 2014
Sadly, I was unprepared for the answer:
As you can tell, this is ostensibly yet another effort to “empower” girls, which I guess is why it’s being supported by the Girl Scouts. But Allah noted (correctly) that the nation’s girls aren’t the ones experiencing a systematic marginalization right now. Not by a long shot.
But this is potentially far more than just another misguided attempt at rallying behind “Girl Power”.
Once again, we have the smarty-pantsers on the Left trying to remove another word from the English language, as they are wont to do. But words aren’t inherently cruel and a free society has no business banning ANY words. If you ban one word, people will simply substitute some OTHER word to convey that same meaning.
Worth noting is it always seems to be the allegedly free-speech-loving Progressives who are always enamored with the removal or banning of words. Our institutes of higher learning seem especially smitten with this idea, and regularly create laughably-termed “Free Speech Zones” with exactly the sort of results you would expect.
And in case you were wondering, yes, our moral superiors in the media are just as bad in this regard.
This is the stupidest campaign ever —> #banbossy <— Hey Leftists, stop banning everything. It’s bossy.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) March 10, 2014
Here’s a thought: instead of banning anything, why don’t we go back to preparing our kids for the messiness of life? It’s a radical notion, I know. But a child who won’t melt at a single word’s utterance is gonna be a happier, and mentally healthier, person in the long run.
Or as was expressed so eloquently below:
How about we avoid stereotypes that suggest women are so fragile that a single word can destroy them? #banbossy
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) March 10, 2014
At the risk of sounding “bossy”, I’d even insist on it.