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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] This is a growing trend.[6] Women only restaurants are becoming common too.[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.

There is even a Lesbian-only cemetery in Germany.[8]

The city of Hamilton New Zealand plans to ban men from a public swimming pool during certain times, creating women-only swimming sessions.[9] US universities have female only education sessions[10]

Australia, China, Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, Italy, and South Korea now have women-only parking spaces in some areas.[11][12] This practice is even more widespread in Germany.[13][14]

Jessica Valenti, a well known feminist blogger, has explicitly proposed gender segregation on public transport.[15] Some countries are already doing it. There are women-only bus seats in Switzerland.[16] There are women-only train carriages in Malaysia[17], Germany[18] and other countries. There has even been a proposal for women-only seating sections on aircraft.[19]

An insurance company in the UK has seriously suggested road lanes exclusively for female drivers.[20]

New York City has a women-only taxi service.[21] Although they have apparently had trouble finding sufficient female drivers. A similar service has been proposed for Melbourne, Australia[22], and is in use elsewhere.[23]

There are women-only police stations in Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Peru and India.[24] Australian academics have been studying the Argentinian model with a view to the introduction of women-only police stations in Australia.[25]

The US has a growing number of female-only co-working spaces.[26]

Some public spaces in Australia have women-only seating.[27]

A women-only market has recently opened in London.[28]

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.

Feminists assert that men dominate in conversations with women[29] and interrupt women more than women interrupt men in conversation.[30] This notion is in dispute but if it is believed by women to be true then it may follow that women would prefer to talk to other women than men, which would further support the notion that women may naturally wish to increase gender segregation.

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.


  1. Men, know your place, The Feminist Times (feministtimes.com)
    Rachel Moss: The Feminist Times To Close After Just 12 Months - Here's Why, The Huffington Post on July 14, 2014 (When radical feminist magazine Spare Rib relaunched as The Feminist Times last year, we were excited about the return of their iconic straight-talking, sexism-busting journalism.
    But just 12 months after their re-naming ceremony, The Feminist Times have announced that this week will be their last.
    In a saddening statement to readers, the publication say that they "simply cannot survive any longer".
    Speaking to HuffPost UK Lifestyle, founder Charlotte Raven, editor Deborah Coughlin and deputy editor Sarah Graham explain why The Feminist Times is really shutting up shop.
    Charlotte says she founded the magazine to bring "a radically alternative women's magazine focused on collaboration, honesty and pluralism, that would give a platform to marginalised women and issues" to the market.
    "We wanted an alternative to women's magazines that would speak to normal women and compete with the mainstream, rather than just the theoretically informed, while also having a good sense of humour," she says.
    The concept sounds fantastic, so why is the magazine closing after such a short period of time?
    Sarah puts the magazine's closure down to "lack of sustainable funding."
    "Two of our founding ethical principles were not exploiting writers (by paying everyone) and not taking advertising - two things that many others in the media do," she explains.
    In order to keep afloat the publication tried crowd-funding and appealed for more paying members and donations, but sadly their business is no sustainable. Although the magazine is coming to a close, in their statement to readers the editors say they are proud of their creation. "We achieved what many others haven’t: we made a feminist online magazine that competed with the mainstream and we did it while keeping our principles intact," they write.)
  2. Are Women-Only Gyms Guilty of Discrimination?, Fitness Marketing in April 2011
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  9. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10004301/Man-ban-at-public-pool
  10. 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
  11. http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/perth-carpark-trials-female-friendly-parking-zones/news-story/e8e1d21668ed056ce92f75f5aba43e74
  12. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2636430/South-Korea-introduces-women-parking-spaces-longer-wider.html
  13. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3180400/Ladies-parking-spaces-introduced-Frankfurt-airport-bigger-nicer-close-terminals-spark-sexism-row-Germany.html
  14. http://www.thelocal.de/20150730/women-only-parking-spaces-sensible-or-sexist
  15. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/07/gender-segregated-transport-women-men-behaving-badly
  16. https://www.facebook.com/AntiFeminismAustralia/photos/p.1585333115066548/1585333115066548/?type=1&theater
  17. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204605520002658&set=gm.915818205141951&type=1&theater
  18. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/03/26/german-railway-launches-gender-segregated-carriages-in-wake-of-sex-attacks/
  19. Janine Puhak: Journalist claims 'women-only' plane sections could combat midair assault, Fox News on December 7, 2018
  20. http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2552130
  21. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/12/sherides-taxi-service.html
  22. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/womenonly-pink-taxis-on-the-way-20131114-2xj2i.html
  23. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbournes-women-warm-to-female-only-taxi-proposal/story-e6frf7kx-1225789034601
  24. Matt Eaton: Women-only police stations an effective way to target domestic violence, law professor says, ABC Radio Brisbane on March 9, 2015
  25. Media: Women’s Only Police Stations, QUT - Center of Justice on May 7, 2019
  26. [7]
  27. https://www.facebook.com/AntiFeminismAustralia/photos/a.1516659345267259.1073741828.1516636858602841/1609066626026530/?type=1&fref=nf
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  29. http://www.linguistik-online.de/1_00/KUNSMANN.HTM
  30. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/he-speaks-she-speaks/201307/the-gender-politics-turn-taking

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