Women only space
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A women only space is a space set-up for women only. The notion of a women only space is to provide a place where women do not have to worry about men.
Because the point of the space is to provide a "men free" environment, there is discussion in some circles about whether male-to-female transsexuals should be allowed into such spaces, both from an ethical and from a legal perspective.
The early years of the 21st century has seen an increase in the number of women-only societies, restaurants and networking clubs opening.
In some cases questions have been raised about the value and legitimacy of particular spaces being reserved for women.
Examples of women-only spaces
- Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
- Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter
- Pankhurst Centre
- Maison des Femmes, Paris
- Julia Serano. "On the Outside Looking In". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- Julian Norman (22 May 2012). "Legalities of excluding trans women from women only spaces". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- Zoe Williams (2013-01-04). "No boys allowed: the rise of single-sex clubs and societies". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- Julia Long (2012-12-07). "So I'm a feminist troublemaker for requesting some women-only space?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-08.