Female Bosses Still Terrifying, Upsetting To Men
2:00 pm, March 17th | by Amy Tennery
This is according to a report on Australian workplaces carried out by the Daily Telegraph, which surveyed inter-gender partnerships of both stripes: In the home and at work. The study showed that the majority of married hetero-dudes thought having a high-earning wife was fine. Of course, one could argue that anyone — male or female — would enjoy reaping the benefits of a successful, ambitious partner, making that an obvious response. But things got a little trickier at the office.
Half of the female respondents said that their male subordinates had expressed having a hard time with having a woman in charge. Why any employee would share this sentiment (and how, exactly?) is beyond me.
Of course, similar studies have shown these reports are far from surprising. A study of Hungarian men in 2008 yielded similar results. And a Gallup poll last year showed Americans also prefer a guy in charge at work.
It’s easy to feel baffled by this. We’re great! Some folks even say we make everyone around us smarter!
But with headlines like “Why A Female Boss Can Be A Woman’s Worst Nightmare,” “Bad Female Boss? She May Have Queen Bee Syndrome?” and “Moody, Indecisive And Always Trying To Behave Like A Man, Why Ladies Make Truly Lousy Bosses,” it’s easy to see where the perception problem may start.