Deborah Tannen Bossy

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How can women be strong leaders at work without being labeled as “Bossy” or viewed as less likable than their male peers? If men use authoritative voice they are seen as leaders but when women who use an authoritative voice in a work environment they’re appear to be “Bossy”. In the short essay by Deborah Tannen called “Bossy” Is More Than a Word to Women”, she gives us a look at how the boys and girls behave with the same sex gender and how this issue still occurs when they become adults. And how girls who are being “Bossy” towards other girls can cause a negative effects for them. An option could be banning the word “Bossy” but could it really solve the problem for women? Men, who use an authoritative voice are seen as leaders, right? But why when women who use an authoritative voice are seen as “Bossy”. Men and women learn how each gender of the sex should be acting towards each other at a young age. Deborah Tannen examples that if a boy tells …show more content…

On an article called “Here’s Why Banning The Word ‘Bossy’ Is Great For Women” by Drake Baer, women are expected to be more nurturing, collaborative, and kind. While men are more assertive, commanding, and direct. That is why women are often hurt for asserting themselves to others. When women speak in a very direct style, sometimes social groups will push back and try to get away from her. If a they speak directly, she’ll be less likable by others around her. And to avoid that social pushback, Drake says women "become self-deprecating. We over-rotate the other way, and that hurts us is in our careers, since part of succeeding is other people taking notice." At some point in their careers, women will need to make explicit demands of others. But would banning the word “Bossy” help women? As was previously stated, the mindset about gender roles is already deeply rooted at a young age. And by banning the word “Bossy” wouldn't really change a whole

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