Originally Posted by iacas
Choosing to be a male-only club is not the same thing as "expressing bigotry against others."
It's simply choosing to associate with people you like. We do this kind of thing ALL the time - choose those with whom you spend time.
I maintain that I support the R&A's right to do as they please, whether they choose to allow women or continue to prefer to remain men-only.
And I happen to agree with you, I'm speaking in a more general sense. It's perfectly fine to have male/female only areas or clubs. On the specific point of a golf club I don't believe in male or female only because I'd hate to exclude someone from what is probably a nice course.
What I don't like is people getting together and specifically deciding they don't want to put up with a particular sort of person and exclude them in a malicious way. Plenty of men only, and women only times, at my course and that's perfectly fine
I suppose it's ok to have a male only club, but I know too many women who are too much fun to be around to not have them there. Please don't think that I think that expressing wanting to be with xyz people as bigotry. I want to be in places where everyone is welcome and if you have your own clique, that's fine too. But I've hit plenty of people who are just mean to different kinds of people and that bugs me.