I’m not really into sexism and I actually love women and even prefer them to my own sex for some psychotic and masochistic reason, but you keep hearing this stuff over and over. Yet another study of both males and females say that female bosses suck, everyone hates them, and both sexes would much rather work for a man.
Here are the reasons given, as if I had to tell you:
- hormonal (read: moody, “that time of the month”)
- incapable of leaving their personal lives at home (read: emotional)
- only too happy to talk about their staff behind their backs (read: gossipy)
- backstabbing (read: manipulative, fake)
- loose cannons (need I say more)
- feel threatened by colleagues (read: insecure)
- sharp tongued (read: bitchy)
- too cliquey (read: catty)
- too competitive (read: aggressive)
- spend too long worrying about their appearance (read: vain)
Feminist articles on the Net are saying that these are all stereotypes, but they are only stereotypes after all because they are true. So the problem with female bosses is, in a word, that they act like women. Here is another article along the same lines from Forbes a while back. Same thing, both men and women want to work for a man. Forbes even polled a Facebook group of female employees:
The real surprise came when the ForbesWoman Facebook community was canvassed: “Would you rather work for a man or a woman?” The majority replied, “A man any day of the week,” to use the words of Stephanie Rovengo.
No surprises there either. An article appeared in the British press recently by a feminist who had formed an all-female TV production company, in part, as a move for female empowerment.
After a couple of years, the company disintegrated, ruined, apparently, by its female employees. They fought all the time, spent hours at work screwing around with their appearance in the bathroom, fought over every man who showed up in the office, formed ever-shifting cruel cliques that excluded some employees, gossiped about their sex lives, were constantly falling out with each other and then kissing and making up. Employees regularly burst into tears in the office when other women ganged up them. They left work and asked for stress leave. On and on.
The woman who started the business eventually folded it, chastened, and said next time she would hire at least 50% men.
I’m not really sure what to do about this situation. The stuff the bosses are accused of is typical female behavior, but I doubt if women are forced to act this way. I’m sure they could knock it off if they tried. If they can’t, maybe they’re just hopeless.