“Female bosses are a nightmare:” Another Study Find that Men and Women Prefer Male Bosses


posted by: Ximena Ramirez
August 12, 2010

“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.”



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.