Making the Future Female


One of the world’s most influential golf clubs, the Royal and Ancient in St Andrews, is perpetuating sexual discrimination by refusing to admit women as members.

The former prime minister Gordon Brown said it was indefensible that the club, which until 2004 set the rules of the game worldwide, was still men-only after Augusta National, the most powerful club in the US, abandoned its ban on female members this week.

“If the golf club in Augusta can admit women, then shouldn’t St Andrews? If they can do it in South Carolina, can we not do it in Scotland?” Brown asked.

He made the comments at the Scottish parliament festival of politics in Edinburgh, where he spoke about the key role played by Scottish political and trades union leaders in championing social justice across the UK. “I think we have to think hard and long about issues of discrimination in our own country,” he said.


3 responses


    August 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

  2. It seems dumb to me that we even have to talk about these issues in 2012. Excellent post, as always!

    August 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    • Thanks – I agree it’s anachronistic and thought it was illegal actually.
      When I was a teenager I thought males of my cohort would be much more liberated than my father’s generation but it hasn’t happened like that (not that my dad was reactionary – he’s somewhat ahead of his time with regard to sex roles thankfully). I didn’t realize how powerful the conservative and reactionary forces were and how the media and religions would continue to promote such fixed and damaging sex roles.
      To me it’s the greatest issue facing humanity as it lies behind the militarization of society and the ongoing destruction of the ecosystem. That’s why I’m calling for the feminization of human affairs.
      If not I don’t think there’ll be much future…

      August 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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