Women only space

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A women-only space is a physical area where only women are allowed. The notion of a women-only space is to provide a place where women do not interact with men.

Because the point of the space is to provide a "men-free" environment, there is discussion in some circles about whether trans women should be allowed into such spaces, both from an ethical and from a legal perspective.[1][2][3]

The concept is a form of sex segregation, and practices such as women-only bathrooms, women-only passenger cars on public transport or women's parking spaces may be described using both terms.[4]

The early years of the 21st century have seen an increase in the number of women-only societies, restaurants and networking clubs.[5]

In some cases questions have been raised about the value and legitimacy of particular spaces being reserved for women.[6]

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  1. ^ Julia Serano. "On the Outside Looking In". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  2. ^ Julian Norman (22 May 2012). "Legalities of excluding trans women from women only spaces". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Mary (2014). "FEMINIST SPIRITUALITY AND GENDER Lessons From Beyond Women-Only Space". Communities 162: 38–72. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Browne, Kath (Sep 2004). "Genderism and the Bathroom Problem: (re)materialising sexed sites, (re)creating sexed bodies.". Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 11 (3): 331–346. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Zoe Williams (2013-01-04). "No boys allowed: the rise of single-sex clubs and societies". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  6. ^ Julia Long (2012-12-07). "So I'm a feminist troublemaker for requesting some women-only space?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 

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