Why Are Men Flocking To The Wing?
Female-oriented coworking provier The Wing was once a haven for women with its daintily designed furniture, conference rooms named after feminist icons like Anita Hill and events with names like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
However, the seemingly progressive company was quick to experience criticism due to the lack of diversity in its spaces, but now, another issue has arisen for the company — straight men want to be apart of the social club.
Although it is not against the rules for men to join, members find it telling that men are choosing a space geared towards women for themselves.
“Maybe make it one day a week that men are allowed?” said Caitlin White, a 31-year-old West Hollywood member. “There has to be a legal way to work this out that still respects the space.”
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Several members have reported that men are physically taking up too much space and are disrespectful of the rules, such as ignoring the four-hour cap on guest visits.
“At first it was jarring,” said a 30-year-old longtime New York member. “It started about a year ago and it’s getting worse. A guy even checked me out a few weeks ago. The whole purpose of the space is to not have to deal with anything like that.”
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