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Ladies, are leering men holding back your swimming? The Greens have an answer

By johnboy 8 February 2012 264

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is kicking off a push for women’s only swimming opportunities in the ACT:

“Providing women’s only swimming would increase the availability of swimming to a number of women and children in our community, both for safety, and for fun.

“Some women and families currently do not use our public pools due to religious reasons, accessibility concerns, or for body image reasons.

“I have raised women’s only swimming with the Chief Minister in recent weeks, and I hope her planned meetings with community advocates will progress this issue.

“There have been some women’s only swimming programs run by community organizations or small community groups on a season by season basis, which rely on the availability of private pools such as the pool at Canberra Girls Grammar or the ACU.

“With work yet to begin on the new Gungahlin Leisure Centre, the Government has a golden opportunity, for instance, to incorporate screening into the design so that a separated pool area can be available for women only sessions.

“Such ad hoc arrangements can be difficult to manage, especially due to the rising costs of insurance, which many small community organisations are not able to meet.

UPDATE 08/02/12 15:25: Andrew Barr has tweeted his disapproval:

The ACT Labor Government will not be supporting the Greens call for a women’s only public swimming pool. Public pools are for everyone.

UPDATE 09/02/12 10:04: A spokeperson for the Greens has sent this in:

The tweet from Andrew Barr yesterday regarding women’s only swimming may have caused his followers and your readers to be misinformed about the issue. No one that we know of has proposed a women’s only pool. The Greens certainly don’t support that. This is about opportunities for women’s only swim sessions. Women’s and Men’s only swim sessions were run in the past at the now closed Kaleen swim centre, and were very popular (about 60 people per session). Investigating a temporary screen for such sessions is being supported by the Royal Life Savers ACT, YWCA as well as the Greens.

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Jethro 7:07 am 19 Feb 12

shadow boxer said :

fabforty said :

I never thought I would say it ..but… I agree with Jethro.

I wonder how many of you outraged citizens actually use public pools in the first place. Is it really going to ruin your lives to show a bit of tolerance for an hour or so a week (probably in the middle of the day when you are at work anyway) ? Surely there are times when you can’t use some sports grounds or other facilities at certain times because specific sports teams are using them ?

Get a grip people.

How do you know it is an hour or so, like Jethro you are just making stuff up, the sports analogy is equally stupid as anyone can join these sporting teams or at least can share the pool and not be told where to look.

It may make you feel cool to pretend you are more tolerant than others but I would wager the people trying to quietly build the mosque down the road wish the supporters of this would just shut up and but out.

There are two lovely privately run schools in Gungahlin, I am sure they can be hired if the price is right and there really is a demand.

I’m less of a supporter and more of someone who just doesn’t get the 9 pages of outrage on this thread.

agent00 2:07 am 19 Feb 12

Morgan said :

Oh please, this is a bit silly don’t you think. What would happen if we had men only swimming times? Or if we had swimming times for white people only who don’t want to share the pool with migrants? Or what about swimming only for fit trim people so no one has to see a fat person? Or conversely we ban all fit people from public exercise so as not to make unfit people feel self conscious? Or while we are at why don’t we just ban men from the world. These are the same people who assume I am a sex offender for taking a video of my young nephews learning to swim to send to their grandparents.

A public swimming pool is for all people men, women, children and families to use. I have no problem in booking lanes etc. but this suggestion would see only women rostered on at the women only times and an inconvience to a great many people. Let private interests build their own facilities at a private expense, and the rest of us will learn to share the pool.

So anyone not white is considered a migrant? Come on!


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