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.[1][2]

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.

The early years of the 21st century has seen an increase in the number of women-only societies, restaurants and networking clubs opening.[3]

In some cases questions have been raised about the value and legitimacy of particular spaces being reserved for women.[4]

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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. ^ Zoe Williams (2013-01-04). "No boys allowed: the rise of single-sex clubs and societies". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  4. ^ 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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