#BanBossy Backlash, Or Who’s All Bent Out Of Shape At Girl Scouts On Twitter

Have you heard about the #banbossy campaign, spearheaded by the Girl Scouts and Lean In guru Sheryl Sandberg?

Sadly unsurprisingly, like many initiatives to empower young girls, the #banbossy hashtag and celebrity shout-outs have roused a certain segment of the population — one that feels good ragging on Girl Scouts and other seats of female encouragement.

When #banbossy hit in a big way, many high-profile feminists threw their weight behind the cool initiative, which is meant to retire the word “bossy” as an epithet used to disempower girls for being leaders.

Support rang out from brands like GoldieBlox:


Spice Girls:

And even the Google itself:

Of course, some people missed the point entirely:

Other grown men gravely fear eight-year-olds in sashes feeling confident:

And males told harrowing tales of bossy Girl Scouts threatening them:

In fact, brave men everywhere donned a cloak of victimhood to charge that #banbossy was a secret emasculation plan in disguise:

Because you know what the Girl Scouts need? Lovin’:

Because irony!

How did your Twitter react to the #banbossy campaign?

Kim LaCapria

Kim LaCapria is a social media enthusiast, long-time Inquisitr.com writer and beauty and lifestyle industry expert. She covers a wide range of social media topics, with a particular interest in style-related apps and services. When not working, Kim can be found on Facebook and Pinterest, skating, and sneaking off to Spa Castle.


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