What Is Bullish?

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Bullish is career (and life) advice for people (mostly women) who want to do their own thing.

Bullish debuted in April 2010 on a website called TheGloss as a column that promised to “take on issues related to the workplace, money, and entrepreneurship.” Since then, over 200 of Jennifer’s articles have appeared on Medium, TheGrindstone, Huffington Post, DailyWorth, and The Muse (you can find all of them aggregated here on GetBullish), and Bullish has expanded into other topics with which any gentlewoman must grapple: romance, friendships, travel, gender relations, fitness, philanthropy, and more.

So why the term “Bullish”? Above all else, it’s about an attitude. As Jen said in the inaugural column:

The bull has long been the totem animal of Wall Street — the snorting, aggressive paragon of masculinity associated with rising financial markets. 

 

There’s something to be said about the power of conducting your career bullishly, especially as a woman. The female equivalent of a bull is a cow – not exactly a model animal for business success. And yet, a bull’s power is generally considered to rest in his prodigious testicles — a rather delicate and idiosyncratic body part to choose as a metaphorical locus of power.

Bullish readers are a unique bunch. They’re intelligent, driven, often motivated to succeed outside of the traditional 9-5 workplace — and don’t particularly want to be told to act like men. The column focuses on women, but it’s not exclusively for women; there’s a focus on youth, but it’s not exclusively for the young.

The Bullish columns have even spawned their own vocabulary! There’s the reclaiming of ‘bullish’, of course, but also “bullicorns“, “future self“, “extreme advance planning“, and “gentlewomanly living“, amongst others.

Brand new to Bullish? Start with these classics:

Bullish: Maybe Work-Life Balance Means You Should Work MORE
Social Class In The Office
What I Wish I Had Known When I Was 18
How To Motivate Yourself To Be Motivated
How To Communicate With Chutzpah
How Talking About Money Can Make You More Of It
Bullish: When To Make Massive And Ballsy Life Changes For Your Career
Using Your College Skills To Succeed After College
Bullish Life: Let’s Just All Agree on Some Basic Principles of Sexual Ethics

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Jen’s author page on TheMuse
Jen’s author page on DailyWorth

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