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Do we still need women-only spaces?


Historically, feminism was right to insist on 'a room of one's own'. But we must keep in view an ideal of inclusion and commonality

A few months ago, I was invited to give a talk, this coming March, about my book Vagina: A New Biography at a new women-only club in London, named Grace Belgravia. I was happy to discuss the subject in a private all-female setting, in a discussion moderated by a figure in British feminism whom I have long admired, Rosie Boycott. It was intriguing, too, that the club seemed designed to be a challenge to, or at least a twist upon, the network of all-male spaces that have so long supported British (and ...