“offered its students gyms hours exclusively for women, trans, and non-binary students”
On one hand, we’re told women are equal to men in every way. One the other hand, we’re told that women need a safe space free of men.
Campus Reform reports:
College turns gym into ‘man-free space’
For one recent afternoon, Pitzer College closed the Gold Student Center (GSC) gym to all males to create a safe space for women and gender non-binary students.
Pitzer College Residence Life and the gym itself announced the Friday event on Facebook and displayed on posters around campus, proclaiming that the idea was “designed to support the health of women and non-binary people.” There was a three-hour closure of the Pitzer gym to men to make “people of other genders feel safe to explore the gym, learn about the equipment, or just workout in a man-free space.” The closure occurred between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM, generally high-volume hours for the GSC.
This experimental gym day was announced shortly after the University of Manitoba in Canada offered its students gyms hours exclusively for women, trans, and non-binary students.
Activities during the first hour of the male-free afternoon included “short rotations between different types of equipment…with instructors at each location who can instruct people on how to safely use that type of equipment, and answer questions that anyone might have.” The following hours were free workout time in the gym, but only for those who identify as women or gender non-binary.
The event was organized by two Pitzer resident advisors, and was also sponsored by the Pitzer College Residence Life Staff and the Gold Student Center. Last week, the Independent attempted to inquire with the organizers about why women and non-binary individuals have difficulty exercising with men, if there have been any incidents in the gym where men have made other genders feel uncomfortable, and where Pitzer males will work out during that closure, but has not received a response from either.
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