The Gendered Nature of “Bossy”

I read a wonderful blog post the other day about the gendered nature of bossy. It was one which really made me think. It was  written so clearly and succinctly that I wanted to share it, but for the life of me I can’t find it again. It really got me thinking though. My mum often jokes that I was “bossy” as a child and I hear it sometimes said about other children. It always makes me uncomfortable.  I think it’s because I never hear the term used in relation to boys, or to men. It’s amazing that the term “boss”…

Stereotypes, manners and division of labour

So here’s the thing. I’ve always considered myself a feminist. I have never thought of myself as less, or more deserving, than anyone because of what’s in my knickers or a  few genes. My husband is very similar. He was horrified at being called a sexist pig by a very well known feminist writer when he opened a door for her when she spoke at his college. Truth is, he’d open the door for anyone as would I. It’s good manners. But despite my beliefs, I have found myself doing something very peculiar. Several of my friends have commented that…