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Laura Perrins: Wimmin-Only workspaces are glorified salons


Can someone please tell me where the local, Wimmin-Only office space is, so I never have to go there? Supposedly they are the latest thing: co-working spaces where ‘no boys are allowed.’ I think they mean men – but let’s just let that one slide for now.

Goodness, can you imagine anything worse than a women-only office space? Think of all the chatter, the bitching and the incredibly unproductive working day, and yes you don’t have to mention it but I know what you are thinking – the synchronisation. God save us from the synchronisation.

We are told, “But female-focused spaces have become a niche in the industry as a response to contemporary feminism and a reaction against fratty venues that advertise kegs and pingpong. “Women are craving community, connection, and confidence, and that’s what we’re going to give them,” says Stacy Taubman, 38, founder of Rise Collaborative, which is set to open in St. Louis this month and will offer members networking events, a book club, and a chance to mentor teens.”

Once you break it down though, there does not seem to be that much working going on. They certainly are not making anything. I think the men and working class women are doing that in some God forsaken place the sisters never have to visit.

Instead there is networking, a book club and a chance to ‘mentor’ teens no doubt in the art of networking and book clubbing.

On the other hand the idea that we could just round up all the feminists and plonk them in one giant vagina shaped ‘safe-space’ does sound appealing. Then we would not have to encounter them in our own lives, other than in the media and Wimmin’s Hour.

The sisters do realise, at least, that these spaces are popular because women seek community and connection, both of which were in abundance in the 1950s. “A hundred years ago, there were more than 5,000 women’s clubs nationwide whose aim was self-improvement and social reform. Membership in these clubs peaked in the mid-1950s but has been on the decline ever since. We’re resurrecting this concept….”

Oh the irony. When the 1950s came, women were chased into the workplace and then shouted to ‘lean-in’ all the way to c-suit. But it turns out women are much more interested in meaning and connection over money and world domination. Who knew?

This community and network of social bonds however tends to grow organically and this sounds all very artificial to me. In fact, I doubt these wimmin are that interested in social reform or sisterly-support at all. In fact, part of this article sounds like a parody and very sexist idea of what women want.

‘In addition to a pastel-and-gold-tinted communal workspace and a library with books (yes, there’s a copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own) arranged by colour, the Wing provides its 400 members with on-demand blowouts (what?), a lactation room (are the babies allowed in?), and vanities stocked with trendy beauty products from partners including Glossier, Diptyque, and Ouai Haircare.’

Oooo, beauty products. Trendy beauty products. Get me there. So this is a trumped up beauty salon with some laptops hanging around. That is fine. Just don’t pretend you are working.

There we have it folks: Wimmin-Only ‘office’ spaces. Not to be found anywhere near The Conservative Woman.

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