'Women-Only' Mentality Can Lead to Segregation Rather Than Equality

Gender inequality exists, so it’s understandable that women are joining forces to empower one another. But when does it go from being supportive to morphing into a "women-only" coterie that isolates female workers from their male counterparts? We want equality, ladies, not a sorority.


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Women have made huge strides over the decades. “In the United States and a number of other countries, women now actually surpass men in educational achievement,” according to a post on Harvard's blog, and recent studies show that women are also giving men a run for their money in the business world. Kudos to females who didn’t take “no” for an answer and who fought for an education -- because it worked! How about all those mothers who are defying the odds and successfully returning to the workforce post-baby, juggling a family and a career?

Thankfully, women aren’t just sitting around complaining about injustices; they’re turning it into fuel for their fire to achieve their goals. However, females seem to be setting themselves back in their efforts by promoting segregation instead of equality between genders. Just look at all of the sites, organizations, and blogs in existence today that are for women and women only.

For instance, there's Plum Alley, a crowdfunding platform specifically for women entrepreneurs, was featured in a PandoDaily article entitled, “A crowdfunding site for women has launched, whether we need it or not.” The author of the post, Carmel DeAmicis (yes, she’s female), argues that, although she’s just as apt as the next woman (or man) to support a great idea produced by someone of the female gender, she’s “not so sure we need a separate, distinct crowdfunding site just for women.” Our argument can best be summarized by a comment left by a male reader of the post, “Just a thought. Doesn't this goes against the very idea of equality and portray women as weak? I mean if I'm gonna help finance a project I really don't care about who did it and even less so about their gender. What I care about is the idea itself.”

There are also new women-only workspaces popping up around the globe, as highlighted in an OfficingToday.com article. Felena Hanson, owner of Hera Hub, a spa-inspired workspace for female entrepreneurs, says that her female clients “know they are in a safe [women-only] space with a trusted group of colleagues surrounding them,” but that’s not to say they don’t conduct business with men, too. Hanson’s business definitely seems considerate to women (and women only), but as with many other offerings catered strictly to women, it seems flawed in its message that women can’t or won’t feel as safe or supported if men are involved. Seems a bit sexist, right?

Women-only offerings can be beneficial as stepping-stones for women to ease back into the working world and possibly establish a support system, but as far as a long-term solution, we hesitate to say it’s a viable (or wise) option for women seeking gender equality once and for all.

In order to successfully close the gender gap, women must ditch the “girls rule, boys drool” mentality and start joining forces with their female and male counterparts. This is not to say that women should unsubscribe to all of their women-only clubs, but they should be careful not to convince each other that depriving themselves and their careers of male influence, on any degree, is healthy for anyone. Women will always turn to each other for support, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that one gender can survive without the other -- and that goes for all aspects of life. 

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  1. 2 Sean 29 Dec
    I feel like I have a lot to say about this topic. This might sound absurd, but I feel like we also need to consider female and male mentality and sexuality -- yes, female and male sexuality. And let's also consider physical appearance according to North American standards. Okay, so let's look at the trend here. So, this article claims that there are considerably more women now being educated and entering and succeeding in the workforce. And let's look at the workforce in terms of business, community development, health -- "office jobs." This is where a large majority of women now seem to be dominating. And now let's look at men. A lot of men seem to be being pushed into heavy duty labour jobs -- construction, trades, etc. And now let's look at what women have. Women have a vagina. No one else really has a vagina, except for women. And what heterosexual men want is a beautiful woman and her vagina, right? I can't speak to this being a homosexual, but I certainly have the right to observe and study human beings. As long as heterosexual men want beautiful women and want sex from that beautiful woman (who are the only ones with vaginas), they're going to have to do what women want. Whether we like it or not, women kind of rule the world because of this fact. Especially growing up, men learn "how" to talk to a woman. It's not women who learn how to talk to men. I feel like this employment trend is more an emphasis on how much women really rule the world. Ever so subtly, I feel like women might be using this sexual trait about themselves to get to the top of the employment ladder -- or better yet, the world of "successful" employment. So, if men want to be "with" a good woman, they're going to have to give up their successful employment for work that makes them more appealing to women such as construction, trades, heavy-duty manual labour, military, marine corps, fire-fighting, law enforcement, etc. Come on, women love cops, right? And it might be best to consider that maybe men get involved in law enforcement because women seem to love it, and maybe that might be the only way into a relationship and "sex" with a good, beautiful woman, not entirely because they live for the thrill of risking their lives everyday. This employment replacement, and very brilliantly on behalf of women, seems to be making them the new successors in today's workplace. I'm not even going to apologize for the depth and intensity of this argument because I've been noticing this more and more lately and have just recently been putting the puzzle pieces together. So, to summarize this argument, perhaps what can be said is that women might be using their sexuality (which heterosexual men want, and which women can easily deprive them of) to put men in their place if men choose to remain as the employment successors. This seems to be putting men in their place which is bringing women to the top. So, what would you choose as a heterosexual male? Run the risk of remaining the employment successor and having a less beautiful female partner or sex less often? Or go where women want you to go (so they can be at the top), and benefit in having a more beautiful female partner with sex more often. Maybe society can decide on this one.
  2. 1 John Atkins 20 Nov

    As a somewhat downtrodden male I think these women only "offerings" are a wonderful idea. Not only are they a wonderful idea in the business sense but they are also a wonderful idea in the community sense e.g women only library sessions, women only municipal swimming sessions, women only computer courses, women only car mechanic courses, women only municipal gym sessions, women only recruitment days, bring your daughters to work days etc.

    It will make the transition all the easier come the day that Sharia Law rules my country. Having lived under Sharia Law while working in the Middle East I know which ideology I prefer between Feminism and Sharia. Allah Akbar, as they say.  


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