Michelle Obama recently teamed up with Beyonce and Jennifer Garner among others to create an ad campaign which seeks a ban on calling young girls and woman, 'bossy'. The women, some of who say they were called bossy and other names as children, feel labeling young girls or women as "bossy' has an adverse affect on a women's interest in becoming leaders later in life.
"I'm not bossy, I'm the Boss," croons Knowles-Carter in one segment of the video
"Being labeled something matters," says Jennifer Garner.
Joining the campaign are Sheryl Sandberg,CEO of Facebook and founder of the Lean In organization who teamed up with the Girl Scouts of America to create the website BanBossy.com, which offers "leadership tips and activities to encourage all girls to lead'.
The website BanBossy.com also points out there is great disparity in the use of the word 'bossy' between the genders because, "when a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” but when a little girl asserts themselves they are branded as "bossy".
"While some critics have raised constitutional arguments against the campaign as it relates to the First Amendment, others believe the move is needed to promote gender equality." states Benge Nsenduluka of the Christian Post, "Those for the campaign say "bossy" carries a female connotation
The ban bossy campaign also has its detractors who feel efforts in changing people's attitudes about women and their leadership style should be focused elsewhere.
According to Katie Yoder, staff writer for the Media Research Center, in an interview on FOX411, the ban the bossy campaign, demonizes an ordinary word without really putting much thought behind it. Instead of banning, we should be promoting positives like leadership, ambition, faith and self-respect."
So how are Christians, Christian leaders, Sunday school teachers, mentors, mothers to respond to the 'ban the word bossy' campaign? After all there are times when Christians are referred to as bossy.
Perhaps Paul put it the best when he penned these words, "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, (Phil 2:3-8)
Paul asserts Christians are not to highhanded, officious, dictational; overbearing, abrasive or as the recent campaign states, 'bossy'. Instead let every Christian, male or female, be a leader who emanates the leadership style of Jesus.