I was called a couple of days ago by a Daily Mail journalist in connected with this piece, published in yesterday’s paper, in which I’m quoted at the end. I think the lady missed a nuance. I bemoaned the fact that men-only organizations and spaces are constantly acceding to demands by women to be admitted, while women steadfastly refuse to allow men to enter their spaces (as the bishop said to the actress).
Despite the reasons given by women for setting up women-only spaces, the motivation that’s never mentioned is female anxiety (but let’s never forget, women are strong, women are amazing.) Some women are anxious around men, and will welcome such spaces. The other side of the coin is that when they’re not in women-only spaces, that anxiety will return, and possibly be increased, because they haven’t built up their emotional resilience around men.