Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Boss or B*tch?

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In class, a few meetings ago, we discussed how there are a double standard regarding how men and women act. Nicki Minaj actually said is best in an interview she had with MTV in 2010, Minaj states

“When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He bossed up. No negative connotation behind ’bossed up.’ But lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch. Donald Trump can say, ’You’re fired.’ Let Martha Stewart run her company the same way and be the same way. [People will say] ’F—ing old evil bitch!’ But Donald Trump, he gets to hang out with young bitches and have 50 different wives and just be cool. ’Oh, Donald, we love you, Donald Trump!’”.

That has always stuck with me, because Minaj brings that topic up in many of her interviews. Why has society placed so much negativity directed towards women when they are being assertive? I myself am guilty of this when i was working for my previous employer. I was not taught to look at women in a different manner, and yet i am guilty nevertheless. Minaj also states

“When you’re a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do but you have to be super sweet and you have to be sexy and you have to be this, you have to be that, and you have to be nice,” she says. “It’s like, ’I can’t be all those things at once. I’m a human being.’

just because societies current paradigm is that women can’t be assertive without being a “bitch” doesn’t mean that society can’t go through a paradigm shift towards true equality.


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