Dr. Know explains the ways of the He-Man Woman-Haters clubs of the world in this response from the April 2013 issue.
I understand that the Cincinnati Athletic Club is now opening its doors to females. Are there any clubs left in the city where a gentleman can enjoy a woman-free hour or two? —Estrogen-Intolerant Dear Estrogen-Intolerant:Are you by any chance connected to the Maryland Estrogen-Intolerants? The Doctor served aboard a U.S. Navy Fletcher-class destroyer with a member of that family decades ago when this freedom-loving land was at war with the Indo-Chinese. Pleasant enough fellow, but his intelligence was not what one would call armor piercing. (Astonishingly small chin.) Or do you find yourself unable to be in close proximity to vital female hormones which, you will be surprised to know, are present in every red-blooded American male just as testosterone turns up in every American female? It’s all part of that intelligent design we hear so much about nowadays.
If you are serious about needing to isolate yourself from the gender that gave this country Nora Ephron, Audra McDonald, Tina Fey, Harriet Beecher, Marilyn Horne, Myrna Loy, Sherry Lansing, Serena Williams, Margaret Chase Smith, Hanna Gray, Mary McCarthy, Oprah Winfrey, Lillian Hellman, Mary Cassatt, and Sally Ride, the Doctor points out that almost every neighborhood, township, suburb, and crossroads in Greater-and-Greater Cincinnati has at least one No Gurls Alowd treehouse in a backyard somewhere. Membership is usually inexpensive and admission standards are not high. Oh, and there’s the Literary Club in Lytle Park. But they’re considerably fussier about spelling than those treehouse fellows.
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