Men Win Battle Of Sexist Public Knicker Ban

A woman lecturer who bans men from her talks about ladies’ underwear has lost her battle to host a women-only event in a public library in Chicago after men demanded the right to attend.

Ellie Carlson, an expert on historical clothing who has curated numerous museum exhibitions, likes to make sure that women “of a certain age” feel comfortable enough to talk and ask questions during the presentation, called “Unmentionables: The Rise and Fall of Ladies Underwear” according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

Carlson has strictly enforced her ‘No Men’ rule at past events – evicting a rabbi and a male reporter from the room – and the library had already turned away at least one man who tried to register for the event at the time of the article.

The rule excludes men from learning vital bits of historical information such as the fact that “women in the 1880s did not have two bosoms, they had one and it went straight across”.

Enter stage left Rob Sherman of Buffalo Grove, a veteran campaigner best known for protesting about the intrusion of religion into government, who took up the issue of men having an equal right to hear a woman talk about ladies’ underwear in public

A male boss at the Lake Villa Library  also jokingly objected and told the host, the Library’s  adult program associate, Nina Kenney,that he may host a men-only event at the same time.

Kenney dismissed the idea saying: “Like any man’s program is going to be as good as this one, boxers or briefs, it’s not going to be the same draw.”

But despite this ferce resistance, Sherman battled on and after calling Carlson and the library to complain, the library has backed down and granted its male customers an equal opportunity to learn all about ladies’ panties and bras through the ages according to a second report in the Chicago Tribune.

It’s one brief victory for man, one giant bloomer of a victory for Mankind!


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, World News On Men's Issues

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