See, at first I thought it said ’sexiest women-only’ and was completely boggled.
The venue, owned by fitness company Better in association with Camden Council, attracts hundreds of people from all sections of society: religious, atheist, male, female, young and old. There is no dominant demographic. Everybody is welcome and everybody gets on.
But not everybody is equal.
Because, in an age of political over-correctness, they ban all men and boys for 442 hours every year – simply because they are male.
Adding insult to injury, they still charge them the same full-price membership fee as women, but refuse to offer the equivalent option of male-only sessions.
The justification given by the club — “A report by the Women Sport and Fitness Foundation showed that a significant proportion of women (26 per cent) ‘hate the way they look when they exercise. . . .This takes on an even greater significance when you consider that women feel even more self-conscious when taking part in sport and physical activity when men are present’” — is pretty lame, if you ask me. They really ought to reduce the fees on men if they’re going to do that.
A friend of mine didn’t like going to the gym because she was always being hit on or stared at. When I was away from the university for a couple of years and worked out in a commercial gym, it was pretty friendly from what I could tell. There were a couple of guys who kinda hit on the women, but I only saw that a couple of a times in like 3 years. Then again, I went in at 6:30 in the morning which probably isn’t prime time for meeting-and-greeting like that (i.e., gym rat time). I think they may have had a couple of women-only classes, but don’t quote me on that.
We have a few issues with people at the UW facility, mostly overly-macho guys banging weights around and yelling and stuff, but I don’t see too much, you know, bugging of people. Then again, 6:15 in the morning. I’m guessing in the afternoons and evenings it’s a hopping joint.
Anyway, not that this has anything to do with archaeology, but I humored myself with my misreading.
Come to think of it, a large west coast university athletic facility almost is what I misread it to be. . . . .