Women only pools: What do you think?
Ladies, what do you think of this idea—a ladies only public pool. In my local city a groups of women (most Islamic) are pushing for a pool that would be women only (newspaper story).
“Women who feel they cannot be in swimmers in front of men for religious or cultural reasons are among those likely to use the facility but also older women, those who feel self-conscious about their bodies and women recovering from injury or illness such as breast cancer.”
At least one Muslim mother had contacted the government as she could not take her child to swimming lessons because neither she nor her husband felt comfortable being in a public pool. ''When you're going to learn-to-swim classes now they like the parents to be in the water with the children. For women, that's not possible because of the modesty aspects and for the father to get in a swimming group with other women is an issue as well,''
I was listening to the radio when this was bring discussed and interestedly most listeners did not like the idea (comments in the newspaper are very similar) —they felt it was a backwards step in our society and not necessary. A few men asked about male only pools and whether there would be an outcry if one was proposed, considered discrimination. A few thought that if Islamic women didn't like the way we did things, then "go home" or get use to it etc...
We already have female only gyms (Fernwood gym is one of the bigger ones) and female only swimming lessons, is this any different?
Would you go to a female only pool? I don't swim very much and I am comfortable going to a community pool if I went, which I generally don't.
What isn’t explained is taking your son to the pool and at what age that would become a problem.