Gender segregation

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A high proportion of human societies have chosen some form of gender segregation and it is one of the biggest criticisms westerners often level at non-western societies. In recent years there is evidence that western civilisation may be adopting increased gender segregation.

A lot of gender segregation in western countries is being driven by feminists who state that they often feel threatened by men, sometimes merely by their presence.[1] Women continue to form many women-only organisations in western countries (such as gyms).[2] Other segregated areas include women-only hotel floors[3][4] and hotels[5][6] This is a growing trend.[7] There are a few hotels around the world that advertise as male-only although it is unlikely that this is enforced in western nations.

Women only restaurants are becoming common.[8]

There is a Lesbian-only cemetery in Germany.[9]

The city of Hamilton New Zealand plans to ban men from a public swimming pool during certain times, creating women-only swimming sessions.[10] US universities have female only education sessions[11]

Australia, China, Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, Italy, and South Korea now have women-only parking spaces in some areas.[12] [13] This practice is even more widespread in Germany.[14][15] The town of Triberg in Germany created male-only and female-only parking spaces, allowing the more difficult parking spaces to men.[16] It is unclear if the town had to backtrack under feminist pressure.

Jessica Valenti, a well known feminist blogger, has explicitly proposed gender segregation on public transport.[17] Some countries are already doing it. There are women-only bus seats in Switzerland and India.[18][19] There are women-only train carriages in Malaysia[20], Germany[21] and other countries. There has even been a proposal for women-only seating sections on aircraft.[22]

Men are not permitted to travel on trains during certain hours in Chennai, India.[23]

An insurance company in the UK has seriously suggested road lanes exclusively for female drivers.[24]

New York City has a women-only taxi service.[25] Although they have apparently had trouble finding sufficient female drivers. A similar service has been proposed for Melbourne, Australia[26], and is in use elsewhere.[27]

There are women-only police stations in Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Peru and India.[28] Australian academics have been studying the Argentinian model with a view to the introduction of women-only police stations in Australia.[29][30][31]

The US has a growing number of female-only co-working spaces.[32]

Some public spaces in Australia have women-only seating.[33]

Sweden recently had a music concert that was non-men.[34] The festival was found to be in violation of the country's discrimination laws.[35]

A women-only market has recently opened in London.[36]

This raises the interesting question about whether it was women who drove segregation in other societies. This would be interesting considering that gender segregation in non-western countries today is often claimed as principally disadvantaging women.

It may be reasonable for a society to permit gender segregation, but it must be on just and equal terms. Thus a society should permit both men-only and women-only organisations only if they are available on equal terms. A society should allow both or it should allow neither. Currently women in the west continue to enjoy uninterrupted access to women-only spaces and organisations while men are today largely prohibited from having men-only spaces and organisations.

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References

  1. http://www.feministtimes.com/men-know-your-place/
  2. http://fitnessmarketing.com/2011/04/are-women-only-gyms-guilty-of-discrimination/
  3. http://www.bcbusiness.ca/marketing-media/vancouvers-women-only-hotel-floor
  4. http://www.cpmsp.com/hotel-for-women.php
  5. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/som-dona-hotel-mallorca-women-only-hotel-misogyny-sexism-a9124431.html
  6. https://www.asiaone.com/lifestyle/7-women-only-hotels-your-next-vacation
  7. http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/amadeus-it-pacific-reports-female-only-floors-needed-in-hotels/story-e6frfq80-1226595825229
  8. http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/women-only-dining-is-there-a-double-standard/
  9. http://www.theage.com.au/world/germany-opens-lesbianonly-cemetery-20140407-zqrlp.html
  10. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10004301/Man-ban-at-public-pool
  11. http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2015/03/14/girls-learn-science-and-math/24776455/?fb_action_ids=10152897402564064&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B753232754792712%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.comments%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
  12. http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/perth-carpark-trials-female-friendly-parking-zones/news-story/e8e1d21668ed056ce92f75f5aba43e74
  13. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2636430/South-Korea-introduces-women-parking-spaces-longer-wider.html
  14. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3180400/Ladies-parking-spaces-introduced-Frankfurt-airport-bigger-nicer-close-terminals-spark-sexism-row-Germany.html
  15. http://www.thelocal.de/20150730/women-only-parking-spaces-sensible-or-sexist
  16. https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/men-more-difficult-parking-spots-women-under-mayor-17465310
  17. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/07/gender-segregated-transport-women-men-behaving-badly
  18. https://www.facebook.com/AntiFeminismAustralia/photos/p.1585333115066548/1585333115066548/?type=1&theater
  19. https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/women-can-take-the-chair-in-pmpml-buses/articleshow/71881135.cms
  20. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204605520002658&set=gm.915818205141951&type=1&theater
  21. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/03/26/german-railway-launches-gender-segregated-carriages-in-wake-of-sex-attacks/
  22. https://www.foxnews.com/travel/journalist-suggests-women-only-plane-sections-to-combat-mid-air-assault
  23. https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2021/jan/11/restricting-men-from-trains-illogical-say-chennai-commuters-2248330.html
  24. http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2552130
  25. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/12/sherides-taxi-service.html
  26. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/womenonly-pink-taxis-on-the-way-20131114-2xj2i.html
  27. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbournes-women-warm-to-female-only-taxi-proposal/story-e6frf7kx-1225789034601
  28. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-09/women-only-police-stations-a-way-to-target-domestic-violence/6292118
  29. https://blogs.qut.edu.au/crime-and-justice-research-centre/2019/05/07/media-womens-only-police-stations/
  30. https://research.qut.edu.au/pgv/
  31. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-17/qld-woman-only-police-stations/1000135
  32. http://theweek.com/articles/759527/rise-womenonly-coworking-spaces
  33. https://www.facebook.com/AntiFeminismAustralia/photos/a.1516659345267259.1073741828.1516636858602841/1609066626026530/?type=1&fref=nf
  34. http://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/world/europe/sweden-statement-festival-women.html
  35. gosocial.co/swedens-first-no-men-allowed-festival-found-guilty-of-discrimination
  36. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-50426904