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In a regressive society, people usually perceive men equal to human and women equal to women! This is because more often than not, that societal mindset ‘inadvertently’ thinks women can never rub shoulders with men.
Considering a dogged patriarchal attempt to demand women and girls to stay in their mansplained lane, our equality may be better and more safely demonstrated away from men. There’s no shame in confessing that women-only spaces are quite relevant and a constructive effort for combating the constant physical and verbal harassments women so often endure. The truth is this seemingly neoteric ‘women-only’ arrangement is not such a new or male-directed positioning
As a graduate of a former cousin of The Seven Sister Schools (While SLC was all-women until 1968, its pedagogy was always too alternative to conform to the more narrow academic models of say Vassar), the value of all-female environments was centered in rich connections, rigorous standards and high social expectations. Though in todays’s more integrated point of view, such spaces may sound way too chauvinistic, unpacking its some communities have embraced the concept with contemporary reasoning and approaches is worth the time, consideration and potential investments.
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Gender segregation brings safety: Tokyo is the template
While Tokyo is known to most as a mecca for big business, cramped living quarters, and crowded street, it can also be celebrated as a leader in creating women-only spaces. To be precise, this differentiation has become a part of their culture.
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What’s up with the rest of the world?
As we enter 2019, women-only spaces have become a recurring concept in many cities around the world:
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Why space becomes essential in urban planning!
Navigating our urban complex landscape can be muddy, so female-centric places allow the women particularly those who are marginalized a means of treading though a clean pond. Planners who take this into perspective have an understanding of the positive social impact their environmental outputs and outcomes can yield.
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Women-only space is solely a personal choice:
Women only spaces are not immune to other systemic biases that further discriminate based on socio-economic and sexual preference indicators for example. As “womanhood” or “femaleness” is continually redefined (cisgender, transgender, transitioning) finding the best gender-specific community or space as important as the option itself. This environment shift acts as a safeguard more than a form of women seclusion or exclusivity and the majority of women-only arrangements are unapologetically clear on its intention.
Often perceived as a social utopia, safe spaces for women is not an impossible task. Introducing female-only spaces is an incontestable successful attempt to solve what may sound like a short-term solution, but offers long-term comprehensive relief from the common stress and dangers of everyday city living.