Same-sex only public events hinder gender equality. Debate.
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My initial thoughts are:
- They only mirror and reinforce the gender divisions that impede gender equality.
- It is difficult to justify same-sex public events, they should theorectically be open to all.
- They exclude women/men who support gender equality issues.
- Collaboration between genders in key to large-scale gender equality.
P.S. I am of the opinion that there is a distinction to be made between public/private events.
My thoughts are
-Both genders may have them if the so choose.
-If they truly hindered gender equality then they would be deemed unconstitutional
- There may be reasoning as to why the events are gender specific
So, on your first point: I agree both genders should be able to have same-sex events if they choose. But my only issue with this is: I'm not sure if it is 'constitutional' (I'm English, but I'll still the term) to exclude any person from a public event on the basis of their gender, race, sexuality, etc. If we were discussing private events then I agree with your point.
I have already touched on the constitutional factor. But, to address your second point, I think the best way to achieve large-scale gender equality would be to include both genders in debates. To build bridges, rather than block them off. For example, how would a sexist person ever see differently if they are excluded from public events on gender issues from the first off?
I also agree with you that there may be very legitimate reasons why an event is gender specific. The case may be that the debate is on sexual abuse or a discussion group for victims of rape and sexual assault. I totally agree, having the offending gender present at these events would not be conducive to gender equality, or personal well-being. Though my point is, these types of discussion groups would always take place in private settings, e.g. a clinic, or a care centre. So I'm sticking to public events, say lectures on a university campus. All should be able to have access to these public events. I can't see why someone who has a right to fight for gender equality also has to be excluded from public events due to their gender.
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