John Mandy's retirement dreams have stalled after being told he can't go on the mechanics course he wanted because he's the wrong sex.Intimidate them how? Sexually?
Mr Mandy, 58, of Stockport, Manchester, had sensibly planned to tune up his skills ahead of a trip of a lifetime around Europe in a VW camper van with wife Joy, 57.
But his plan failed as the one local evening class he could find - at Trafford College - only accepts women so that men can't 'intimidate' them in lessons.
No, reading between the lines, it seems that it might be their superior knowledge of things mechanical (though why anyone who already knew mechanics would be on a beginners course escapes me)…
Mr Mandy, who works at Kellogg's in Old Trafford, said: 'I just can't get my head around it.But the college insists that there’s nothing untoward about this sort of segregation:
'I could understand if it was swimming classes or something like that, but it would just be a group of people in overalls learning about cars. I don't see what difference it makes whether you're a man or a woman.
'I wouldn't be any sort of threat to anyone learning there. I doubt anyone knows as little about mechanics as me.'
But Trafford College spokeswoman Anita Dolan said demand for female-only classes had triggered the admission policy and that Mr Mandy would be eligible for a new course starting in January.Once, many years ago, women would have been fighting to be included in any ‘traditionally male’ activity.
Now, when they have the equality they’ve been fighting for at last, how do they use it? Whining that men ‘intimidate’ them….