The other day I received a note from a friend (laced with satirical jabs in good clean fun) about my comment in an article where I wrote, “Today financial media is more concerned with perfectly lit coiffed hair and leg shots for television…”
He made the comment to me stating, “You had better now be careful, that’s going to be seen as a real chauvinist styled observation.” My response? ” Where in that article did I say it applied to women? Obviously it’s you that has that viewpoint – not I.”
In some ways I do get his point and it was a fair to make in a jocular fashion between friends. However, I thought it would also be informative to demonstrate as to where I stand when it comes to the fairer sex in the world of business. Personally, unlike others whom only espouse lip service to the subject, or try to skirt around it as to be “politically correct.” I made my viewpoint on how I feel pretty clear a while ago. My viewpoint also drew some welcomed accolades from people I deem as true professional women at all levels of business.
The article was titled, “The Bull On Bossy” for those that would like to read the entire piece. I wrote this when suddenly it seemed everywhere one looked the term (as well as books) the term “Bossy” was being used as criteria for why women weren’t having the ability they should to confront challenges in the business world.
Personally I found this meme utterly offensive for its lack of critical thinking, along with its insulting viewpoint to the very types of CEO’s I personally had the pleasure of working for. Yes, women CEO’s (true bosses) that ran a few of the largest, as well as top positioned companies in a male dominated business environment. To me, again this whole “bossy” thing was grade-school chatter, possibly even kindergarten. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“As I sit here typing I am recalling my interactions and first hand knowledge of them. To think that one of them would be offended at being called bossy makes me laugh.
There was no way one could sit across from them and not realize they were women. However, what you also never forgot and didn’t need to be reminded of was: they were the boss. Period. They commanded respect in tone and demeanor not because they were easily offended women, but because they were in charge. I don’t know about you – but I don’t see a guy/girl issue here. Sorry.”
It’s not that I felt the need that “I had better say something or Oh Oh!” It’s just the more I thought about, the more I felt it might be prudent to articulate and put into context what or why I might be stating something for the many new readers and subscribers to the site (which has been many and I’m grateful too all) that may not have a more in-depth knowledge of my thoughts, and why I say, what I say.
In this theater where now everything one may say is near immediately deemed as “politically incorrect” I just thought it might help to clarify a position to some where their first reaction is “Say what! That’s just so wrong!” without knowing more about my own background and experience around a particular subject. Nothing more.
© 2015 Mark St.Cyr