Posted by: beccamariej | December 10, 2012

Tina Fey’s got the right idea

Since I talked about Tina Fey in my presentation last week, I decided that for my last blog post (presumably my last), I would dedicate it to her and her awesomeness. 

I’m not sure how many people have read her book, Bossy Pants, but there are some pretty hilarious and valuable life lessons within it. One quote has stuck out to me a lot:

Tina Fey: Maybe what bothers me the most is that people say that Hillary is a bitch. Let me say something about that: Yeah, she is. And so am I and so is this one. (pointing to Amy Poehler)

Amy Poehler: Yeah, deal with it.

Tina Fey: Know what? Bitches get stuff done.

I know we have brought up the fact that “bitch” is a term that’s intended to make women feel inferior and I was reminded of this quote in which Tina Fey calls herself a bitch and basically takes away any power the word might carry, it no longer hurts her or makes her seem stupid because she turns it around and uses it to her advantage. 

I remember hearing a saying once, something along the lines of “The best way to take the power of an insult away is to act like it’s funny” because that way you control the power it has: If you laugh at it or act like you don’t find it insulting at all, you control how effective the insult actually is. 

I think it’s interesting that Tina Fey comes out and says she’s a bitch, deal with it. I wish it wouldn’t be used for every woman who speaks out, but this is a great way of dealing with this issue! 🙂 

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  1. I agree that they do get stuff done. It’s essentially an equivalent to a mean male boss. Although subordinates will get work done, the atmosphere has tension and hostility because the subordinates will for sure talk about her behind her back. Also, she will probably have high turnover rates and poor feedback from subordinates, which just give more issues to deal with. So yes, she would get the work done (initially), but the problems that follow are quite prevalent and become barriers to getting future work done, therefore screws her over in the end. It may be best to not act like that. No one like a mean male boss, why should women be allowed to be mean and say “It’s the only way people listen to me.” It will eventually create a double standard, if one has not been created already.


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