There are so many fields in which women receive special treatment that it’s easy not to notice some of the minor ones.
We used to hear feminists whining with monotonous regularity about men-only clubs, but we hear less on the topic these days. Maybe it’s because (a) journalists are so bored by the topic they now refuse to write about it, or (b) feminists finally understood that member organisations (men-only clubs, the Women’s Institute…) can legally restrict their membership as they see fit. If those organisations wish to limit membership to one-legged deaf Latvian transsexuals, so be it. Feminists finally ‘got it’ despite having IQs some 17.4 points lower than normal women, on average (source: an unpublished paper written by an academic at the Department of Psychology, University of Wakefield, who prefers to remain nameless. It’s certainly not professor Arthur Hislop.)
I mention this as a prelude to a campaign I’m about to launch on a minor example of sex discrimination. I recently moved house and for the first time in my life I find myself living near a publicly-run sports centre with a swimming pool. I’ve learnt that the pool has ‘ladies only sessions’ every weekend, so I’ve just emailed them with the following:
Dear Sir /Madam,
I’ve recently moved into this area and object to the ‘ladies only sessions’ you have every weekend. This is sex discrimination aimed solely against men, and unacceptable in a publicly-run facility. It may even be illegal. To my mind you should have either no gender-specific sessions or an equivalent number of hours which are ‘ladies only’ and ‘gents only’. Could you please inform me of the council official(s) I need to raise this matter with? Thank you.
You do what you can…