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What everyday concrete socially-created divisions on sex/gender exist?

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catscan Wed 07-Feb-18 11:57:14

- public toilets
- changing room facilities at gyms and schools
- some competitive sports
- routine cancer tests for cervical and prostate cancer
- HPV injections
- retirement age
- number of times you can donate blood per year

What else is there?

catscan Wed 07-Feb-18 11:58:25

- prisons

(Probably the most obvious one!)

squishysquirmy Wed 07-Feb-18 12:02:25

Getting your name on your child's marriage certificate (hopefully changing very soon)

catscan Wed 07-Feb-18 12:04:42

- different shaped bicycles
- different buttoning on shirts etc

Collidascope Wed 07-Feb-18 12:05:35

Hairdresser Vs barber
Clothes shops/departments

SquareDot Wed 07-Feb-18 12:05:46

Mothers going to the pub for a drink with 'the girls' after work. This is not a problem for father's as it's not seen as neglectful, whereas when mothers do it is. It's an unspoken rule.

SuperLoudPoppingAction Wed 07-Feb-18 12:07:12

dormitories eg boarding school or youth hostel

Collidascope Wed 07-Feb-18 12:09:27

Shampoos, creams, hair dyes, etc. "for men"

Cismyfatarse Wed 07-Feb-18 12:09:44

Uniforms (not just school but army / police etc)

FeedtheTree Wed 07-Feb-18 12:09:49

Fashion departments within a store.
Practicality of clothing: men's suits have deep pockets, secure inside pockets for wallets etc. Their business shoes are flat and comfortable. Women's business suits are skimpy, restrictive, have nowhere to keep valuables and the shoes at best are thin soled slip on flats, but more usually pinching high heels.
Some single sex schools

catscan Wed 07-Feb-18 12:11:01

- some hospital wards

SomeDyke Wed 07-Feb-18 12:12:16

"What everyday concrete socially-created divisions on sex/gender exist?"

Pay at the BBC.................

catscan Wed 07-Feb-18 12:13:26

I’m looking for indisputably concrete examples rather than value judgements.

Things where you’d be asked to stop/leave if you weren’t the “right” gender or sex rather than things that’d get you a few funny looks.

HelenDenver Wed 07-Feb-18 12:14:01

Retirement age is disappearing.

Recommended alcohol limits
Sanitary product disposal facilities
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

Collidascope Wed 07-Feb-18 12:14:25

Titles and inheritance -elder sons.

UpstartCrow Wed 07-Feb-18 12:15:40

Psychiatric wards.
Women only areas in some places of worship.

CallMeAstroTerf Wed 07-Feb-18 12:16:00

Teaching/supervisory staff on school residential trips.

CallMeAstroTerf Wed 07-Feb-18 12:17:18

Unmarried parents and birth certificates - dad only included if present at registration.

catscan Wed 07-Feb-18 12:18:24

- some jobs which are exempt from the sex discrimination act, such as teaching in same sex schools, jobs in welfare services eg women’s refuges, and in film or theatre where the role can only be played by a man or woman

CallMeAstroTerf Wed 07-Feb-18 12:19:34

Religious institutions such as monasteries and nunneries

RatRolyPoly Wed 07-Feb-18 12:20:26

Breastfeeding, pregnancy and "new mother" concessions and risk assessments in the workplace?

catscan Wed 07-Feb-18 12:21:22

- BMI guidelines

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Wed 07-Feb-18 12:23:04

Freemasons.
A tiny handful of gentlemen's clubs in the West End of London.
Mammogram clinic (I've never seen a male member of staff in one)
Refuge for women escaping domestic violence (for now).

Until very recently, I'd have said:
Changing rooms in the lingerie department of big stores
Changing rooms marked as women's
Rape advisory service, women only session
Women's ward in a psychiatric unit
Swim sessions marked as women only

And so forth...

But increasingly it seems that a few transgender activists are testing the boundaries on all of the above.

Mookatron Wed 07-Feb-18 12:24:39

Titles - i.e Mr/Ms type titles
Clothing
perfume vs aftershave
makeup
The 'consent' discussion in that it's called consent not desire

Patodp Wed 07-Feb-18 12:25:55

Sports .
Men's sports / women's sports.

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