Last night I attended a birthday at a pub.
As men we are used to pretty shabby treatments like sticky floors, wet towels, cubicles that won't lock and the relative lack of privacy at
Nobody really seems to care, and after a few beers it even seems quaint.
However, last night the men's toilet over-flowed after the rugby, and everything was flooded in the men's room.
The only option was to use the female facilities.
And that's when a lot of guys first saw the difference.
The females get two lovely cubicles that lock, and they also get soap, dry towels, and even air-freshener cans!
Now I know men are supposed to "rough it" in all circumstances, but it's quite upsetting in a way.
It is not a case of "separate but equal".
Men pay the same money at the bar, and get inferior treatment.
OK, it wasn't an upmarket bar, but it made me think from now on to rant a bit more about this to the owners.
Most guys wouldn't, but I know they privately feel the same way.
Is this gender discrimination only in SA, or also in other countries?
Maybe some would argue that some men are pigs, and they broke those things and thus we all deserve that treatment.
I find that a very unsound argument, and it would be taboo nowadays when applied to race, for example.
I think it's less about the bars themselves, but rather how men would tolerate this because to complain makes you a "wussy".
It's actually giving a cultural message that men are not only supposed to be pigs, but that they are happy to be pigs.
edit on 30-9-2012 by
halfoldman because: (no reason given)