I lived in a household with 4 women for a number of years, so I saw first hand numberous of times men’s rights versus women’s rights; they weren’t equal, so I became an advocate for equal rights for all with one exception.
If there was a male organization which offered the same opportunities, only then did I believe in separation of male and females. Each groups needs an outlet to let off steam, act silly, and be with the guys or girls but not together.
For 75 years the ‘guys’ have held an oyster eat at the Georgetown Fire Hall. Not being a raw oyster eater, I went once to see what the event was all about. As I suspected just a bunch of guys, many professional businessmen, judges, elected officials dressing down, loosening up, smoking a cigar or two and acting like a good-ole-boy redneck for one evening. No one got out of hand, everyone just having fun.
It has been an all-male event. A few years ago the women started a Ladies Shrimp Feast, which I understand is a lot wilder than the men’s, so each had their night out and that’s the way it was until last night when two women showed at the men’s function.
Some of you may say it’s only a couple of women, what’s the fuss? When women are present at a function like the oyster eat the fire of the evening is doused. Something similar to having sex with your spouse and your young child walks through your bedroom door.
Years ago I was a member of the Laurel Lions Club, then the largest in the state. All male, and wild and crazy as held; twice a month we let our hair down; I looked forward to the meetings and fellowship. The women had their own organization, the Lioness; each club did their own thing until women were allowed to join the male club.
Instantly the membership plummeted from well over 100 to 35 members and the club has never been able to reach their peak or even come close to that number. I could never understand why a male member would encourage his spouse to join a male organization especially when they knew what occurred at their meetings.
Many years earlier the same happened to the Jaycees, once the most powerful group of young men in Delaware. Again, Laurel had the largest organization in the state; clubs were in Seaford, Millsboro, Georgetown, Milford, all over the state. We were all young, many of us including myself single, we had a ball and a half. Many mornings I came home in time to get to work.
The women had their organization, but enter the women into the male domain. When was the last time you heard of the Jaycees? I rest my case.
Now that the sex barrier has been broken into the men’s group, I can see that going down hill. What male wants the town to know they acted a little unlike themselves especially if they are a judge, elected official, or a church goer?
Since I don’ like raw oysters, but love shrimp, I guess the door is open for me to attend the women’s shrimp event. Wonder if they’ll allow a male to enter their domain? I’m not going to be the first to try!!