Peter Lloyd has a problem with his local gym. It’s not a broken water fountain, or queue for the showers or the smell of the mens changing room - it’s the man-free sessions it offered.
He has taken his issue with Kentish Town Sports Centre all the way to court, with a sexual discrimination claim.
His argument is that he was losing 440 hours of potential gym time a year, despite spending the same amount, just because he is a self-proclaimed ‘beta’ bloke.
In his own words he says:
“I do not fulfil that sexist, sex-mad stereotype which is forever portrayed as masculine truth. And – shock, horror – nor do the overwhelming majority of men. In fact, at no point did I ever see any of Kentish Town’s male population fall under the spell of female sexuality during a spinning class, which is precisely why I wrote ‘Stand By Your Manhood’.”
Camden council released this statement:
“The Council is within its rights to run women’s only sessions.
“Women feel excluded from sport and physical activity for a variety of reasons. Our women’s only sessions are effective in increasing participation and improving health.
We have a health and physical activity programme for the entire community, including services specifically for other groups, including just men, older people and disabled users. We make absolutely no apology for this"