I have decided to post on here to clear this up. Firstly the Sunday Post (https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/scots-founder-bars-women-from-mens-sheds-health-initiative/) ran this story and the headlines team who was not the journalist who interviewed me (Judith Duffy) changed the article to this ‘banning’ idea. This was never proposed nor discussed in any shape or form and is divisive, inflammatory and sensationalising, just the opposite of the ethos of Men’s Sheds.
When asked for her comment as to how this could have happened this was her reply, ‘Just to let you know I’ve picked this up. I’m currently out of the office but will pass this onto the editorial team to deal with tomorrow when they are back in the office – I do not write the headlines and so they would be best placed to look at this.
Several newspapers have used that story almost verbatim, none have bothered to write their own story or get their own view point. Why?
Myself nor the SMSA has any say or power over theindependently run Men’s Sheds we support across the country and therefor cannot enforce anything on anyone, we are a support organisation. If they had bothered to read the article they were captioning they would have seen it contradicts the points made in the article.
The Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) and the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association (SMSA) have 90% the same aims and purposes. The SWI are 100 years old with over 17 thousand women only members. Completely legal and in my opinion still very necessary. The Scottish Men’s Sheds movement is 95 years behind the SWI and if equality is to be had, finally 95 years later it has been achieved. Two organisations creating the place for – friendship, learning, skill sharing, advancing education and citizenship and having fun. In the 21st Century are we really feeling threatened if we own up to the fact that sometimes we like to be with our own gender and not always having to be together.
Out of this media mess a very good conversation was instigated by good investigative journalism on BBC Radio Scotland’s Kaye Adams programme : 2 hrs 24 mins is the Men’s Sheds bit. https://www.bbc.co.uk/progr…
Hope that clears up that out of Bad Press some good can be achieved. Thank you BBC Radio Scotland – Jason