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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 18, 2014 / 16 Adar II, 5774

'Ban Bossy': Unintended Consequences

By Danny Tyree





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you keep up with social justice issues, you've no doubt heard of the "Ban Bossy" campaign (banbossy.com) spearheaded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other prominent females.

The campaign seeks to strip "bossy" from our vocabulary, since its deeply ingrained use as a pejorative discourages girls from answering in class, running for school office, leading group projects or growing up to seek challenging positions in government or industry.

I applaud the effort to end the stereotypes and level the playing field. Not only does the current double standard cheat girls/women, but mankind is being forced to tackle issues such as immigration, poverty, pollution and illiteracy with one hand tied behind its back.

On the other hand, encouraging more of a female perspective is not necessarily a cure-all or an opening to a golden age. Lots of unintended consequences may emerge, and this could be as ashen a victory as the old Virginia Slims "You've got your own cigarette now, baby" campaign (which SHOULD have been paired with the old Enjoli spot, to produce "I can bring home the bacon/Cough my lung up in a pan...")

There could be a teacher shortage, as all the backwards educators who advised "everyone knows" that boys don't like bossy girls or "everyone knows" that girls don't do well in math or science are informed that they're not being PAID to dispense information that "everyone knows."

What will become of all the marginally useful boys and men who get bumped out of leadership roles by women? Will someone launch a movement to boost their self-esteem, or will they form a permanent underclass trying to drown their sorrows at the local watering hole? ("Women! You can't achieve nuclear fission with 'em, you can't achieve nuclear fission without 'em!")

Will the "self-starter" girls who would've been leaders anyway have to step up their game to fend off competitors? ("So you weren't squeamish about dissecting the frog? Big deal! Let's step it up to dissecting a blue whale, sister!")



One hopes that the women who prefer to remain "just" housewives or cosmetologists or hostesses will be allowed to do so. But I fear there may be a relentless Gestapo-like effort to prod them to do more. ("Ve haff vays of making you use calculus.")

Will achieving a 50-50 split of males and females in Congress really bring respect to a despised institution, or will women be absorbed into the Washington mentality? Will the 1980s Pantene "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful" plea be replaced with "Don't hate me because I gave preferential treatment to deep-pocketed special interests"?

Therapists may have to work overtime as more women try to straddle the fence of their nurturing side and the demands of international conglomerates. ("Free family planning for the villagers displaced by our munitions! They can PLAN to move their FAMILIES to a less war-torn country next time.")

If "Ban Bossy" is successful, prepare for a flood of aggrieved groups trying to ban offensive words from the dictionary. At some point Merriam-Webster may have to start advertising for "strong, independent women who can sell a dictionary that is about the size of a Bazooka Joe cartoon."

The whole world needs assertive women. Let's hope that both "bossy" and the sentiment behind it stay dead. Don't let this be the generation that gives the word the sneaky substitute term "Putin-licious"!

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Controversial author Harlan Ellison once described the work of Mr. Tyree as "wonkily extrapolative" and said his mind "works like a demented cuckoo clock." Tyree generated a particular buzz on the Internet with his column spoofing real-life Christian nudist camps. A lifelong small-town southerner, he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications.



Previously:


Almost Here: A Translator For Dogs!

Will Eggs Become Obsolete?

Doctor Who: A Fiftieth Anniversary Primer

The Martians Were Coming, The Martians Were Coming

Are Pigs Smarter Than Dogs? And Should We Care?

America, Let's Be #1 At Corruption

Free College Tuition? Read The Fine Print

Independence Day: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Typos

Let's Have More Wrist Slap Punishments

Father's Day: Can It Survive?

© 2013, Danny Tyree

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