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PoliticsPosted by Jim Baker Sat, December 14, 2013 11:27PM
There is a bit of a furore at the moment over gender segregation in talks at UK universities, see e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25378713.

Perhaps I'm missing something, but I can't really see how this is meaningfully different from having female-only colleges or designating the student union Women's Campaign meetings (feminist meetings, essentially) as "women-only spaces", both of which exist in Cambridge. Arguably these are even worse, as one gender is excluded entirely. Now, either or both of these may be problematic for various reasons, and equally are defensible for various other reasons, but I don't see anybody in the media attacking them. Perhaps this is just out of ignorance, but it does lead me to suspect that this is as much an anti-Muslim thing as anything else. It's OK for (mostly white) liberal feminists to enforce segregation, but for brown-skinned strongly religious people to do it - outrageous!


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