Our own worst enemy?Posted: February 1, 2013
Oh man. I hate articles like these. Although this one was ok for the most part, I can’t help but feel that these kinds of discussions have such a huge potential to reinforce shitty gender stereotypes about women being bitchy and jealous of one another.
Firstly, there seems to be an assumption that just because a lot of people say they don’t want to work for a female boss then it must be true that female bosses are terrible.
Shouldn’t we be questioning whether this is actually a reality? Or why people view female bosses this way?
Why do men and women say they’d rather work for a man? Surely they can’t all have had an unpleasant female boss and even if they have – why write off more than half the world’s population for it? Have they also not had unpleasant male bosses?
I’m not saying this article is ‘wrong’ in any way – I do think it’s important to understand the pressures women are under in male dominated work spaces and what effect this has – but I just wish the focus could be expanded a little wider to look at why people think about female bosses this way.
There’s a brief mention in the article that this dislike of female leaders is directed to those who don’t fit the “traditional female stereotype” – well, who made the stereotype in the first place? It wasn’t women. Yes, women have been complicit to the oppression and degradation of other women. Yes, many women have absorbed the sexist lessons of gender inequality and stereotypes that we get fed from fucking birth. But to suggest that we are our own ‘worst enemy’ is a joke. Men, and the structures of gender inequality set up by men, still get that honour.