I feel that this campaign is taking an oversimplified view of a complex issue that can’t be easily solved by banning words, literally or figuratively.

Is the threat of being called “bossy” really the main reason why girls don’t want to become leaders? Or does this problem have more to do with qualified women being overlooked and overworked for leadership positions, and society pushing traditional gender roles (housewife, stay at home mom, etc) on girls?

There are a lot of insulting words in the English language, but going through the list and “banning” each one of them isn’t going to help matters while people remain the root of the problem.

In my opinion, a better solution would be to teach children the importance of respect and equality, and how to dismiss non-constructive criticism. This alone could solve a lot a problems, across the board, for both girls and boys.

Related:
CNN: Sheryl Sandberg wrong on ‘bossy’ ban
TIME: I Don’t Give a $*%& If You Call Me Bossy
TheCut: The Problem With Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Ban Bossy’ Campaign
DailyBeast: Sheryl Sandberg’s Got a Bigger Problem Than Bossy-Gate
TheWeek: White privilege behind Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign
Slate: Bossy Doesn’t Have to Be a Bad Word
Fadra: Why I’d Rather Lean In to Tina Fey Than Sheryl Sandberg
Guardian: What real parents say about Sandberg’s plan
Federalist: The 7 Most Ridiculous Things About Ban Bossy Campaign
WE: Iraq passes law legitimizing spousal rape as Americans try to ‘Ban Bossy’
XOJane: Why the “Ban Bossy” Campaign Doesn’t Matter to WoC

Kanedaaaaaa! A recreation of a still from one of the best anime ever.

Kanedaaaaaa! A recreation of a still from one of the best anime ever.

3rd draft of a Tyra Banks drawing I’ve been working on.

3rd draft of a Tyra Banks drawing I’ve been working on.

A rough and dirty sketch of some Berserk manga art. I allowed myself to relax and not care about perfection for once.

A rough and dirty sketch of some Berserk manga art. I allowed myself to relax and not care about perfection for once.

I used multiple references to build the features, and the character’s personality was derived from a manga I’ve been reading.

I used multiple references to build the features, and the character’s personality was derived from a manga I’ve been reading.

Angry manga face! This is my first serious attempt at drawing a manga style face.

Angry manga face! This is my first serious attempt at drawing a manga style face.

Twitter, please… Don’t…

Twitter Testing Major Redesign That Looks a Lot Like Facebook
— mashable.com

Twitter is starting to ruin a good thing. Instead of trying to become another Facebook, they should instead try to become a better Twitter.

For example:
• Merge the redundant Discover and Activity timelines.
• Hide unsightly image links (ex. pic.twitter.com/xxxxx) behind an icon or button.
• Give users a reply or reply all option so every reply isn’t sent to the original poster by default.
• Make the Android app suck less.

"Of things that proceed from a cause – their cause the Tathagata has told. And also their cessation — Thus teaches the Great Ascetic."

— Venerable Assaji

The Agamas of Early Buddhism

An English translation of the Sutra Pitaka, the Chinese counterpart of the Pali Sutta Pitaka, is being done. Volume 1 of the Madhyama-agama was released last year, and a translation of the Saṃyukta-agama is being made available for free in PDF format.

Here are direct links of what’s been completed so far:
Saṃyukta-āgama 1 to 32
Saṃyukta-āgama 59 to 87
Saṃyukta-āgama 256 to 272

Venerable Anālayo is teaching a class on the Madhyama-āgama.

Sketch of silent film actress Louise Brooks.
I see now why cartoon and manga styles are more prominent than realism. For one, they’re more interesting. You’re creating something unique rather than a photocopy. And second, it’s a HELL of a lot less tedious…
I’m a little rusty. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve done any serious drawing. But this was a good refresher, and I learned an important lesson: NEVER draw with mechanical pencils. It makes shading so much more difficult.

Sketch of silent film actress Louise Brooks.

I see now why cartoon and manga styles are more prominent than realism. For one, they’re more interesting. You’re creating something unique rather than a photocopy. And second, it’s a HELL of a lot less tedious…

I’m a little rusty. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve done any serious drawing. But this was a good refresher, and I learned an important lesson: NEVER draw with mechanical pencils. It makes shading so much more difficult.