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Business …STRICTLY WOMEN ONLY!

I recently received an email invitation that contained a heading with wording similar to that shown in the picture above. It was sent out to a business group that consists of men and women. It was an invitation that made it abundantly clear that only the female members were welcome; it actually had the words “STRICTLY WOMEN” capitalized.

It seems that there are a growing number of “women only” business groups and events that are becoming increasingly popular. I find this rather peculiar. “Why?” you may ask.

For a start, I cannot think of a single business group, convention, meeting, community (online & in-person) that I am, or of which I have ever been a member over the last 20 years or so, that has been anything but welcoming and helpful toward its female members. Most of the time the women have been treated exactly the same as the men. The only difference is that the women usually receive some sort of additional recognition or special mention – for really not doing anything outstanding compared to their male colleagues.

I actually find that rather patronizing to women. It’s almost as if “Hey you did great! …for a woman”. I don’t subscribe to that point of view at all. I have worked with numerous men and women throughout my career and know first-hand that there are equally capable men and women (and equally incompetent) – so why the constant special distinctions for women and the separate “for women only” business groups and events?

I regard this as one of the toxic effects of feminism – its ongoing fostering of victim mentality – that somehow women in our society are being oppressed everywhere, including business, and so our business communities need to provide women with sheltered forums (that exclude men), and special recognition for women in instances where men are present.

I was at a recent business conference. During the keynote speech the male presenter made special mentions of women in business and how he considered them to be “better CEOs” (apparently due to their communication style) and all of their “multitasking abilities“. He went on to subjectively describe several other advantages that women in business apparently have over men. He also implored the women attendees not to feel that this event was in any way some sort of “boy’s club”, that women were very welcome at this event. Throughout the day, other male presenters included similar such mentions in their presentations usually in an awkward or apologist manner. There were several hundred people in attendance and I would estimate that at least 35% were women so I’m not sure where or what this “boy’s club” was that they were referring to – perhaps I didn’t get the memo. Also, one of the female presenters, a well-known and successful business person, concluded her presentation by promoting a women-only business network.

So let’s look at this a little closer. Considering how welcoming business groups and events are toward women, what possible reasons could there be for promoting ‘women-only’ versions of these events instead of those that include both men and women – such as you’ll find in business in the real world.

Possibility 1: These groups are for business women who are intimidated by men.
- In that case, how is an employer supposed to feel about a member of staff who has difficulties with people simply based on gender? Will they be effective co-workers? Will they be able to sell products to a male demographic or effectively market and promote the business if they prefer to avoid men in business? Will they be able to negotiate business deals effectively with men – or will they be intimidated?

Possibility 2: These groups are for business women who have a victim mentality.
- Considering the ever-present myths and propaganda so eagerly spread by feminists, this is no surprise. If women keep hearing that ‘the patriarchy is everywhere and out to undermine and exploit women’ and that there’s an ‘ongoing war against women’ then it’s bound to cause negative psychological issues for a lot of women. What effect would it have on your business to have a staff member who sees sexist conspiracy where there is none? Could it be divisive and affect staff morale? Could you afford expensive, humiliating and time-consuming litigation on false sexism charges and the damage to your personal and business reputation?

Possibility 3: These groups are for business women who actively practice sexism to gain advantage.
- These women seek to build business networks that they know men will not have access to – thereby affording them some sort of special ‘girls club’ advantage. In this case, it’s just plain sexism – the very thing that feminism claims to be fighting against.

There are probably other possibilities but these are likely to be among the main ones.

So, what does go on at these women-only business events and why are men excluded? Would anyone like to share and tell us in the comments section?

I’ll conclude with some quotes from Margaret Thatcher. Regardless of what you may think of her political ideology, there’s no denying that she was a tough, powerful and intelligent woman, the “Iron Lady”, who made it to the top of the ‘old-boys club’ of British politics without the victim mentality of modern feminism to hold her back:

I owe nothing to women’s lib.“,
Thatcher also said “The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.

 

{ 15 comments }

Keith E. Iholts II January 26, 2014 at 8:08 pm

It is refreshing to see a woman who recognizes the cruelty and hatred depicted towards men in this hypocritical society. Often in our society the victim is made out to be the one who victimizes and the offender is depicted as the victim. It is refreshing to know their are some women out their who will work to help us in this plight and makes me feel I might one day be able to trust again. I at one point hated myself because of all the brain washing they shove down your throat in college and still struggle with those feelings. Often we as men are afraid to even have emotions or show any sign of what might be “stereotypical” male behavior. It often feels like the feminists want to convert us to being women and its frankly sick and some of the worst psychological abuse you can do to a person by demeaning their natural sexuality. I applaud the builder of this site for being an island in dark seas surrounded by sharks seeking to tear us limb from limb. Thank you.

John (admin) January 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Keith, you’re welcome. Make sure you check out some of the other blogs (linked in the left margin under ‘Blogroll’.)

Rob October 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm

‘I was at a recent business conference. During the keynote speech the male presenter made special mentions of women in business and how he considered them to be “better CEOs” (apparently due to their communication style) and all of their “multitasking abilities“.

What kind of spineless losers were these speakers? Women make better CEO”? Got Sexism?? Did these fools also wear pink sheets and burn a cross at the end of the conference? Classic feminism – always trying to prove superiority.

Dani May 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

The only womens classes I have seen in my community are on women only topics. Like talking about how it is to be a breadwinner in a relationship. I really don’t see a problem with it. Men attend also if they wish too.

Mac April 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I am a bit of a quack, and feel I should hire the best person for the job. Not only the skills, but the personality and meeting the needs of the company. I had a position open and I came down to three candidates, Two men and one women. All had BS in IT, and had roughly 5-7 years experience. On guy was a very “Me, me,me, I, I, I” personality, so I dropped him. And the last two came down to who would work the hours needed. It was a swing shift position, and they had to work it. She said she could only work a modified schedule because she did not want to leave work to late. She was married, had daycare for her kids, but did not want to work the shift as it stood.

I needed coverage to meed the contracting requirements so I would not get in trouble. So I hired the guy that would. About 5 weeks later I was called into the directors office and had to talk with the company layer about it. She tried to get me fired for discrimination. Thankfully I am to much OCD to delete any emails. So I showed how I presented her the requirements and how she responded that she could not meet the schedule requirements. My director is female and one third of my employees are female. So it I did not get fired, but I to do EEO training. No big deal, but a bit petty.

So when I had some day shift openings, and she applied to them, I did not give them a second glance because I do not need that drama on my team. I end up hiring a very talented women that has been a great asset to my team, a long with another guy. I think she truly hates feminists, because she works hard and does not accept handouts or charity for being a women. One of the things is lifting 75 lbs, she only had to so 30 lbs, but she did the 75lbs because she wanted to show she was qualified. Her view of it is that feminism has made good women like her look bad.

So I think many of these “Women Only” business are going to not ever go as far as they can until they include the best they can, be it male or female. Their are still women out there that do not want to be handed something, they want to earn it and prove them selves, not just to their coworkers, but themselves.

Anon April 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I’ve seen professional courses offered to women only mushrooming over the past year or so. Some are free, some paid, instructors are both genders. The explanation is that women cannot study in the same class as men; men will intimidate them by asking questions to the instructor and looking smart. People who don’t buy this, are called “having no empathy”. I’m a woman, and I would never take classes like that. I would be uncomfortable to ask questions if people around are so extremely sensitive. God forbid looking smart.

I don’t even understand how it could be legal, as it offers disparate education opportunities. My guess is, if they was any professional course offered to men only, the school would be frowned upon, if not sued.

Deep Think April 3, 2013 at 8:11 am

Women every where are wondering why it is that despite most recent studies comparing male leadership to female leadership showing women like in practically everything else these days excel over men in leadership, why then are women lagging behind men in leadership positions?
Ericka Anderson for example cites in her blog entitled
“Why Women Make Better Leaders (Part II)”She quotes A study done by Jack Zengerand Joseph Folkman.She quote from them, regarding their study: “…at every level, more women were rated by their peers, their bosses, their direct reports, and their other associates as better overall leaders than their male counterparts — and the higher the level, the wider that gap grows.” Most studies claim that women are better at multi-tasking, more compassionate, better communicators,better at net working, better consensus builder,better organizers,better at conflict resolution, and have more empathy than males. Wow! one wonders why than do women lag so far behind men in leadership roles? apparently there is at least one thing males are better at than women and that is in getting promoted! At least we males have something going for us but if women really are all that Superior in leadership than the country is suffering a great loss of their many talents if they lag far behind males in leadership positions.

Erika than states the following satistics women hold about 15% of executive positions at Fortune 500 companies; about 18% 0f US congressional representatives are women; full-time women workers still earn, on average in the US, 82¢ for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.Erika inquires,” I still want to figure out why this is so and what we can do about it?

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Anonymous February 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I just want to be clean, I am not a feminist, and I genuinely oppose feminism. I do not mean to be sexist, and I apologize if I come across that way.

Anonymous February 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I don’t see an all male band or a group of men hanging out together as sexist, so I don’t understand why if a group or whatever it may be of women, in and of itself sexist. Yes, some women do have BS reasons for having ‘women only’, and that’s not cool. I have a friend who is selective about which men she hangs out with, only because she’s had several experiences where men come on to her inappropriately, and she’s a lesbian! If a man said the thing about women, I would not have a problem with it. If a man is trying to be professional and do his job, and a fellow female coworker kept being inappropriate, he would have the right to say, “I’m done hiring women” or “I need to be selective about who I hire.”

Arus August 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Not sure if I agree with the below. But I’ll throw a possibility out there.
Possibility #3:

Some of the more intelligent women understand that “on average”, they are not as competent as men in most professional ways and especially in branches of logic. They understand that the fallacies they report and lifeboat feminism is a hoax and needs to be constantly sold to stay afloat. They understand that many of the statistics they cite can be attributed to lack of drive or ambition amongst women. They have these meetings to indoctrinate other women into the fold to keep the victim-hood going and to meet other women outliers who understand the mug’s game and they can collaborate with to recruit new rubes and continue with the fallacy.

Anonymous August 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Maybe the groups are for women only because women are underpaid compared to men and the majority of manager staff are men. Women are less likely to be hired over a man..

http://sap.mit.edu/content/pdf/male_privilege.pdf

perhaps you should read this.

John (admin) August 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

@Anonymous,
Thank you, the linked PDF that you provided lists many examples of victim mentality and similar that fall under Possibilities 1 and 2 as described in the article. But what are some other possibilities?

Ben Spurr September 1, 2012 at 4:48 am

I hope your comment was a joke. And if not, then commentary on how some women might feel insecure as they might falsely believe they are somehow being paid less money than their male coworkers.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-28246928/the-gender-pay-gap-is-a-complete-myth/

Rob October 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm

@ Ben

Good link.

ozziematt March 9, 2014 at 6:07 am

This constant broadcasting of the gender pay gap myth is causing a great deal of stress in the workplace. I know of many workplaces where men have always worked harder and longer hours, done the more difficult and dangerous work and been paid the SAME as their female colleagues. And with all this pay gap rubbish, the problem is getting worse. Women think that any time they are having a bad day it’s because they’re being discriminated against. When men have bad days all the time! This lie is simply to stir women up to gain even more privilege over men. It is morally bankrupt.

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