It’s Not Just Bossy- Some Other Supposedly Gender Neutral Words That Are Only Ever Used To Describe Women

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce want to ban the word ‘bossy‘, saying that it is used to undermine girls and women and discourage them from taking on leadership roles.  Instead we should use the word ‘leader.’  But bossy isn’t the only word used to subtly keep women down.  Here are some other examples of words which are almost exclusively used to describe women.







Career orientated






High Maintenance




















Any more?

My interview with Canadian Radio CBC, the anxiety show

This is a link to an interview I did for Canadian Radio for their Tapestry programme about anxiety. It expands on the subject of the book I’m working on: that the relentless search for happiness in America is creating a nation of nervous wrecks. Have a listen. I’m on at about 35 30.

Thank you!

CBC Tapestry: High Anxiety

Guilt Trip

“Guilt is an heirloom emotion, like a moth ridden quilt that no one can quite bring themselves to throw out”

This week I’ve been writing about ‘Guilt’ in the New York Times, and my extraordinary capacity for it. I’d love it if you would check it out, and ideally leave me a comment on the site, Facebook share or tweet it. Thank you so much.

New York Times: Guilt Trip

How Corporate America is Turning into a Cult and Why It’s Harming the American Employee

Over the last decade or so, major corporations are starting to function and behave more and more like religious cults in the way they treat their employees, demanding extravagant displays of devotion and ever more subsuming commitment. Yet at the same time, the American worker has not been more disempowered since the second world war. This week, in the light of the Walmart strikes I have been writing about the phenomenon for the Huff Po. I would love it if you would click on the link, have a look and ideally leave me a comment over there on the site, Facebook like it or tweet it. Thank you so much!

How Corporate America is Turning into a Cult: Read it here.

‘Having it All’ isn’t a Woman’s Issue

A new study has come out suggesting that women take an average £10,000 pay cut when they return to work after having children. Why are women the only ones taking a hit for the responsibilties of balancing work and family? Why do we consistently see this as a women’s issue. Here is my new piece on the Independent about it. I would love it if you could have a read, and ideally leave me a comment over there on the Independent site, Facebook like it, or tweet it from the site. Thanks so much for reading!

Having it All is not a Female Issue- the Independent

Ann Romney: The Real Republican Threat to Women

Ann Romney has been given the task of ‘humanising’ her automaton husband Mitt and bringing in female voters.  Recent polls suggest that her campaign is working, with the two candidates now neck and neck among women.  But deceptively apolitical, Ann is using her unique position to push a powerful and damaging anti- feminist message.  I’ve written about it here at the Independent today.  Take a look!   Leave me a comment over there on the Independent site, and ideally Facebook like it and/or tweet it.  Thank you!

Read it here