INSULTING or INTERESTING? Here is what you think of the women-only queue
Despite experts suggesting gendered queues having negative implications for women in the workplace, the majority of Kipp readers say they do not find the lines insulting or sexist.
November 4, 2012 4:06 by Eva Fernandes
A week ago, I posted an article about the women-only queues present in government offices. Suggesting the lines encouraged a particular view of women’s capabilities, I wondered if I was alone in thinking the gendered queues could be seen as sexist if not just a little insulting.
Which is why we conducted a poll asking our reader’s if they were offended by these queues. The results show the majority of our readers do not find the policy insulting: while 32 percent of our reader said they thought the lines were excellent, an equal 32 percent said though they found the lines odd, they still used them to save time. Nine percent said they didn’t care but a good 27 percent said they thought the lines were insulting and sexist.
Kipp reader Tanya was one of the many who did not take offense to the line: “I actually like having a women section only… and don’t find it offensive to be grouped under the same with the ‘special needs… It does look funny when you first see it, but think of it as an advantage, rather than a ‘dis’advantage. I just wish women could then also park in all those empty and so many disabled parking spots.”
On the other hand, Kipp reader Sunil Krishnani said he saw the greater implications for the position of women in the economy as a result of such queues: “The results and the outcome in the corporate world will not be kind to a women just because of the Gender. To build a resilient economy, it is important that everyone has to go through the rigors of life in the same way. Such preferential treatment will only tend to differentiate the genders and will always leave the women as a weaker class.”
Interesting arguments, but it is important to consider the context and the role culture plays in such policies as Kipp reader Nada pointed out: “the creation of “Ladies Only” lines or sections is not meant to denigrate it comes from a cultural or religious sentiment, where segregation is preferred (or obligated), and sometimes on the part of both genders.”