If you’re a member of the He-Man Woman-Haters Club, this article isn’t for you. Not to say that this article isn’t for men, but, it isn’t. Due to an uptick in “women-only” products and events, I thought it might be interesting to list and explain them. While I personally am all for inclusion, it is nice to have things specifically catered to you. For those of you screaming “sexism!” hear me out.
Female-Only Screenings of Wonder Woman
I’m sure you’ve heard about the women-only screenings of the movie as they’ve caused quite an uproar this past couple of months. The director of the movie herself, Patty Jenkins, sees both sides. She told Digital Spy “I actually have sort of mixed feelings about all of that only because I do believe in not excluding anyone from anything. And so, on the one hand, I’m so delighted by those screenings and want people to be able to have those screenings.On the other hand, I can imagine being offended if I’m excluded from those screenings, particularly because Wonder Woman herself has a very, very passionate fan base, many of whom are men. And many of whom are men who are disenfranchised from their own gender or their own identity. And I would never want to leave them out of anything, you know?” She continues, “I could switch to either side of the argument, but I certainly think it’s wonderful… there have not been that many female-skewed things and certainly there have been many, many male. So I celebrate that.” Her last point, that there have been more male-skewed than female-skewed things, is why I see these events as a non-issue. Plus, the movie itself celebrates the strength of a woman and is one of the only female superhero movies out there.
See Jane Go
The for women by women rideshare app was created to help get females feel safe while hitching a ride. As someone who has felt nervous while being driven by a sketchy Uber or Lyft driver, I can tell you that I’m considering signing up. In fact, I met a driver for the company while using Lyft and she told me, before handing me her See Jane Go business card, that her female customers on both Uber and Lyft are always relieved when they see they scored a female driver. “Women always get excited when they see I’m a female driver,” she told me. “They always tell me they feel a lot more comfortable riding with a female.” The drivers feel safer, too, and it’s a great way to get them introduced to the industry. Plus, proceeds from every ride go to charitable contributions.
Women-Only Gyms and Spas
While not all that new, women-only spas and health clubs have been in the news a lot lately due to both growing intrigue and controversy. While I myself have never been to one, I can see the appeal. For one, you don’t have to worry about how covered up you are. Also, the idea of being sweaty around strange men isn’t something I enjoy. If you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around it, think of it as a great way to spend the day with the girls versus something to do solely to aoid from men.