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Women's spaces are areas or organisations which are reserved for the use of women. Until around 2015 men were rarely permitted access to women's spaces. Since the rise of the trans movement around that time trans women have been entering women's spaces with support from the government. As a result of the loss of men's spaces starting the 20th century, many men are unwilling to do anything to stop the loss of women's spaces in the 21st century.

Examples of Women's Spaces

Cemeteries

There is a Lesbian-only cemetery in Germany.[1]

Domestic Violence Shelters

Throughout the world, domestic violence shelters are nearly universally available only to women.

Gyms

Women-only gyms are common throughout the West and widely known about.[2]

Hotels

There are now many women-only hotel floors[3][4] and hotels.[5][6] This is a growing trend.[7]

This is one of the few examples where an equivalent exists for men. There are a few hotels around the world that advertise as men-only although it is unlikely that this is enforced in western nations. Some monasteries restrict room rentals to men.

Markets

A women-only market has recently opened in London.[8]

Music Concerts

In 2018 the Statement festival was held in Sweden. This event was only open to non-men.[9] The festival was found to be in violation of the country's discrimination laws.[10] It appears that the despite the ruling the festival went ahead as an environment admitting only non-men.

Night Clubs

The Lick club is a women-only event held at night clubs around the UK.[11]

Parking Spaces & Roads

Australia, China, Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, Italy, and South Korea now have women-only parking spaces in some areas.[12] [13] [14] This practice is even more widespread in Germany.[15][16] The town of Triberg in Germany created male-only and female-only parking spaces, allocating the more difficult parking spaces to men.[17] It is unclear if the town had to backtrack under feminist pressure.

An insurance company in the UK has seriously suggested road lanes exclusively for female drivers.[18]

As of February 2023 Seoul, South Korea is removing women-only parking spaces and converting them to gender neutral family parking spaces. They will be available to mothers and fathers while they are with infants and small children. Women's groups in South Korea have opposed this.[19]

Police Stations

There are women-only police stations in Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Peru and India.[20] Australian academics have been studying the Argentinian model with a view to the introduction of women-only police stations in Australia.[21][22][23]

Private Clubs

Many women-only private clubs thrive will men-only clubs are forced to open their doors to women. Examples of women-only clubs include The Moreton Club and The Queens Club in Australia.

Public Spaces

Some public spaces in Australia have women-only seating.[24] The image to the right shows such seating in Melbourne.

Public Transportation

Jessica Valenti, a well known feminist blogger, has explicitly proposed gender segregation on public transport.[25] Some countries are already doing this. There are women-only bus seats in Switzerland and India.[26][27] There are women-only train carriages in Malaysia[28], Germany[29] and other countries. There has even been a proposal for women-only seating sections on aircraft.[30]

Men are not permitted to travel on trains during certain hours in Chennai, India.[31]

Restaurants

Women only restaurants are becoming common.[32]

Swimming Pools

The city of Hamilton New Zealand seriously considered banning men from a public swimming pool during certain times, creating women-only swimming sessions. [33]

McIver's Ladies Baths is an ocean pool owned by a local city council in Australia. The Baths are open to women and children only.[34]

Taxis & Ride Sharing

New York City has a women-only taxi service.[35] Although they have apparently had trouble finding sufficient female drivers. A similar service has been proposed for Melbourne, Australia[36], and is in use elsewhere.[37]

Women-only ride sharing service operate in several large Australian cities[38] and in US states such as California.[39]

Tower Blocks

The world's first women's only tower block is set to open in the UK.[40][41]

University Classes

US universities have female only education sessions.[42]

Working Spaces

The US has a growing number of female-only co-working spaces.[43][44]

See Also

External Links

References

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  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
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  9. http://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/world/europe/sweden-statement-festival-women.html
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  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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRtOqzOm4Iw
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  18. http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2552130
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  20. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-09/women-only-police-stations-a-way-to-target-domestic-violence/6292118
  21. https://blogs.qut.edu.au/crime-and-justice-research-centre/2019/05/07/media-womens-only-police-stations/
  22. https://research.qut.edu.au/pgv/
  23. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-17/qld-woman-only-police-stations/1000135
  24. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=131162602993806&set=a.129488129827920
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  26. https://www.facebook.com/AntiFeminismAustralia/photos/p.1585333115066548/1585333115066548/?type=1&theater
  27. https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/women-can-take-the-chair-in-pmpml-buses/articleshow/71881135.cms
  28. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204605520002658&set=gm.915818205141951&type=1&theater
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  30. https://www.foxnews.com/travel/journalist-suggests-women-only-plane-sections-to-combat-mid-air-assault
  31. https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2021/jan/11/restricting-men-from-trains-illogical-say-chennai-commuters-2248330.html
  32. http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/women-only-dining-is-there-a-double-standard/
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  39. https://trips4w.com/
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  41. https://archive.is/TlxrD
  42. 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
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  44. https://archive.is/e3gy9
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