“Female bosses are a nightmare:” Another Study Find that Men and Women Prefer Male Bosses
“Female bosses are a nightmare to work for,” concluded a survey from the online recruitment firm www.UKJobs.net.
Sure we’ve heard it before. Even over here at Care2 where our very own Robin Marty explored an article by Forbes claiming “everyone prefers males bosses.” But in this new article from the Daily Mail I couldn’t help but marvel at the blatantly stereotypical language used to describe what an apparent “nightmare” women are to work for.
For example, female bosses are (and I quote):
- 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)
With maybe the exception of being “too competitive,” a quality that is usually reserved for men and often seen as a positive trait in business, the rest of the characteristics used to describe female bosses run the gamut of typical stereotypes used to portray women.
Are the majority of female bosses all really moody, gossipy, manipulative, insecure, bitchy, catty, and vain OR are they only being portrayed that way because they are women?
Would a man ever be described using these colorful characteristics or is he immune because of his gender (read: penis)?
Luckily for men, they at least can’t be labeled “hormonal.” In fact, “no time of the month” was actually listed as number 7 on the list of “male assets” that the article so cleverly created. Other assets include “less likely to suffer from mood swings” (remember – no time of the month) and “less likely to bitch about others.”
For women, on the other hand, one third of respondents even claimed that it was “obvious” when it was their female bosses “time of the month” because of all the mood swings they suffered.
Given all these traits both men (75%) and women (63%) agreed that men make better bosses.
But don’t worry ladies, David Brown of the online recruitment firm who conducted the survey, doesn’t believe women are incapable of management roles nor is he suggesting that we aren’t intelligent enough to be in senior positions.
No, he says we just need to “be more approachable and less competitive.” Or, you know, a man.
Do you think women are often stereotyped in the workplace because of their gender? Do you prefer a male boss to a female boss or vice versa or does their sex not matter?
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