March 25 2014
The Junk Science and Ancient Surveys Behind the "Ban Bossy" Campaign
IWF traditionally has debunked misleading surveys, obsolete “facts,” and junk science claims used to bolster the feminist agenda.
So I was delighted to see Commentary writer Ashe Schow’s debunking this morning in the Washington Examiner of the “ancient surveys and misleading facts” employed by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to promote her feminist campaign to ban the word “bossy.”
The “Ban Bossy” campaign seems particularly unnecessary coming, as it does, in an era of unprecedented opportunities for women. But Ms. Schow’s careful, point-by-point debunking of the specific surveys and outmoded "facts" on which the “Ban Bossy” campaign is flimsily based shows just how detached from reality the campaign is.
Scow explores the studies, most at least two decades old and, which, when actually read, don't quite point the way the Bossy cadre claims. She addresses such bedrock convictions of the "Ban Bossy" campaign that parents value the chores boys perform more than those girls perform, and that girls are twice as likely as boys to be concerned that they will be called “bossy.” Scow even debunks the “science” behind the notion that the wage “starts at home.”
I urge you to read the entire article, but to whet your appetite, here is Ms. Schow’s take on the claim that “by middle school, girls are 25 percent less likely than boys to say they like taking the lead:”
This study was conducted between 1992 and 1997, so it's already out of date.
The study found when students were asked if they “like to take the lead when a group does things together” 72 percent of sixth-grade boys reported yes, versus 54 percent of sixth-grade girls.