Freedom and bossiness for all

Maddi Shinall

Maddi Shinall

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Bossy is a word that has been used for centuries directed at adults and children alike, but the same can not be said for males and females.

“She is so bossy” and “He is such a boss” carry such different connotations in our society that even simply reading them on this piece of paper for a school project causes your mind to alter the tones you use and situation you envision. That is pretty powerful stuff, but why is it that way? Why is it that when a male takes control of a situation he is considered an idol, referred to as a boss, and given an overall positive vibe? Yet when a woman takes control the word does a full 360 and develops an unexplainable bad vibe. Bossy isn’t alone, words in languages all across the world are given unnecessary gender affiliations or tones.

Different interpretations are nothing new, however, I feel this microscopic change of tone has only added to the tsunami effect of inequality that somehow continues under the radar.Of course, the piles and piles of gender roles, connotations and overall actions throughout centuries have compressed, contracted and spit out thousands of ideologies that varies from each individual, but one backbone assumption has always remained throughout society. Men and women are not seen as equal. No, I am not crying wolf, and no I am not discrediting the extreme progress that has been made for men and women alike, I am just stating what has been read in textbooks and seen in nations across the world. I believe these assumptions have resulted in, amongst other things, the different usage of this adjective.

That is not what women should be bound to, in any case scenario or by any adjective. Women should be able to be leaders, to be powerful, or to hold high positions throughout their life and not be given a negative label because of it. That applies to more than just an adjective.That should apply to businesses and minds of the people alike, a bossier woman for a better America.

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