A soft play area that bans fathers:

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A soft play area that bans fathers:

Surely that can't be a sensible marketing idea?

When ours were little we often went together to soft play, it meant we could sit together and actually talk over a cup of coffee...... or their dad would take them to give me a couple of hours to find the carpet using some sort of dredging device.....

I can't believe this would work for them, - and for what purpose, 'cultural awareness'?  Really?  Do women feel threatened by men in these venues?  Do we think all men attending with their children might be predators? 

I really don't understand it at all.

A children's play centre has barred fathers from attending with their children and is now facing an investigation by equality watchdogs.

Kids Go Wild is believed to be the first such play centre in the country to introduce a ‘women only’ policy – which also bans boys over the age of nine.

Bosses at the centre, which opened less than a fortnight ago, claim the policy was instigated for ‘cultural reasons’ and was in the interests of the ‘predominantly Asian’ local community.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185041/Fathers-banned-play-centres-women-decree.html#ixzz22wCTBe2K

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I used to send hubby with the brats to give me a break.
I bet it's owned by a man hating mother of girls

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I can't stand these places, they give me a rattling headache, but P goes quite often with her friend and the friend's dad.

The idea of making play places female-only is creepy and wrong. There is nothing wrong with female-only spaces per se, by the way, but I think its wrong to reinforce the outdated stereotype that only women look after children, and that it is primarily a woman's job. In particular, I think its important for the daughters of sequestered women to see men taking on non-traditional roles and caring for their children, just as its important to show them that women can have much more fulfilling roles than just getting married and churning out kids.

Its also wrong to promote this idea that 1. a ten year old boy is a 'man' and 2. a ten year old could somehow be a 'threat' to women. Why should a ten year old girl be allowed / expected to play with younger children, when her brother is banned from their presence? I think this says some very very disturbing things about boys' and girls' comparative roles and places in society.

Frankly, i think the place should be shut down.

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Thinking about it, I think its a publicity stunt to drum up custom. If there was genuine demand from a few ignorant and under-educated women who couldn't bear to sit in the company of half the human race, this place could run some women-only sessions, and allow normal families at other times (and yes, I chose that word 'normal' for a reason). Swimming pools run women-only sessions, and seem to cope all right.

And i wouldn't take my child to pay somewhere that frankly looks like Colditz. Is the barbed wire supposed to keep people in or out?

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I think it is a massive publicity stunt. What;s the betting in a few days they change "their policy".  Non story DM.

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Publicity stunt or not, I agree with BFG on the creepy and wrong score.

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Just seen this. I think it's wrong even if it is a publicity stunt. When my children were younger some of the soft play centres we went to were for children under 12 and mine still loved them at the age of 10 and 11. So this play centre is not only discriminating against Fathers but will be stopping families going as they have a boy over the age of nine,