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Working for a Female Boss

Updated on May 21, 2012

Some men apparently have a problem working for woman supervisors. They may not announce it publicly but they do. I know because I’m a male who has worked for several over the last several decades.

On breaks, at the water cooler and in the men’s room, I’ve heard many heated conversations on the matter. Complaints abound. Women tend to think it’s the male ego and pride as the cause, but I disagree. From what I’ve gathered, it’s not the male ego but rather the fact men and women tend to think differently. Therefore they handle situations in a different manner. Men are problem solvers. They see a problem, fix it and move on. Women on the other hand seem to want to talk a situation out, holding what men would consider wasted time in long, time consuming and unnecessary meetings.

Men frequently compare a woman with the female of another domestic species. Women sometimes refer to their same sex in the same manner but I don’t believe it has the same connotation.

This type of name calling is definitely socially inappropriate, but in a group of men it doesn’t seem to make much difference. I think it could be their way of venting to prevent using their physical advantages over a female. That would be culturally unacceptable. But men know how to cope with other men. In some instances a good old fashioned knockdown, drag out works wonders in solving most male to male disagreements.

So, how do men cope with a “Bossy” female manager? That’s another term I’ve overheard men use. One of my past coworkers said “Women aren’t content with just being the boss. They have to make sure everybody else knows they’re the boss.” Another comment he made was “She’s too emotional, must be that time of the month.” I know…that’s a sexist remark. But I didn’t make it.

I’ve also overheard statements about pregnant women in management, who because of that fact, are allowed to take too much time off of work. The complaint is they usually have to take up the slack.

Now that all female readers are sufficiently steamed up…remember this is only satire.


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    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      There is no doubt there's a difference in management styles relating to gender. I appreciated the humor here.

    • Chaotic Chica profile image

      Chaotic Chica 7 years ago

      While I appreciate the way you have been doing your best to show that you meant no harm in your made up dialogue, it isn't far-fetched. Me personally, it's hard to offend me but for some women, they take it hard when they aren't treated equally. Either way, it's a good hub!

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      John Young 7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Traitor! LOL. I also have had some good women managers. This story was to poke fun and show the absurdity of how some people think.

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 7 years ago

      I worked for a few women and most were excellent supervisors. Some had attitudes associated with the women lib movement but for the most part I didn't have any problems.