From Robert Gehl:
So they’re going to solve America’s gender problem (yes, I guess we have one of those too) by separating men and women. (Does this remind you of Islam? I think they do this in Islam.)
Bloomberg has a cute article on this, complete with a 50s-style cartoon at the top, all about “women spaces,” places where men aren’t allowed.
“Women are craving community, connection, and confidence, and that’s what we’re going to give them,” says Stacy Taubman, 38, founder of Rise Collaborative, which is set to open in St. Louis this month and will offer members networking events, a book club, and a chance to mentor teens.
The article identifies workplaces in Brooklyn, Sweden, Phoenix and Washington doing this too.
The author equates this with pre-suffrage women’s clubs of the past.
A hundred years ago, there were more than 5,000 women’s clubs nationwide whose aim was self-improvement and social reform. Membership in these clubs peaked in the mid-1950s but has been on the decline ever since. “We’re resurrecting this concept,” Gelman says, an assertion reinforced by the Wing’s location on Manhattan’s historic Ladies’ Mile, where women were first allowed to shop without a male escort in the late 19th century.
But the purpose of those “women’s clubs” were to get together and fight for the right for equality – for the ability for men and women to work side-by-side in the public sphere, not specifically to keep them separate.
Like segregating by race, this doesn’t solve any problem, it just makes things worse.
But these aren’t “women’s clubs” of the past. They’re glitzy, glamorous … and expensive.
A third of the Wing’s members are from Brooklyn, most are in their 20s or 30s, and pretty much all of them look like they stepped out of an Urban Outfitters ad. Original members include J.Crew President Jenna Lyons, rapper Remy Ma, and Leandra Medine, founder of fashion site Man Repeller. It’s a space for women who are already successful, not a support group for those struggling to get there. Still, the Wing is less expensive than popular co-working spaces such as WeWork, whose membership starts at $220 per month …
There you go … $220 per month … $2,600 per year – for women to have their own “safe space.”
Used to be, 50 years ago, women did have their own “safe space,” and it cost nothing.
It was called the family.