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I know it is forbidden to enter to Muslim's mosques/shrines without proper Islamic cover or having your shoes during walking through temples/tombs/shrines in India and some other Hindu countries or without proper cover going to a Christian church or monastery but I mean a man-only place which do not let any woman with any kind of cover and religion or proper considerations comes in.

P.S: It is not about divided places which both men and women can go there separately but man-only places.

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Aren't a lot mosques also divided internally to separate males from females as well? Also, I know of some male only social clubs here in Australia. These are not public access either though, so maybe not in the scope of your question? –  daamsie Apr 19 '13 at 0:49
Yes! But as far as I know women are allowed to enter. Clubs are places like mosques. Surely it can be on topic if you can provide a good answer. –  Persian Cat Apr 19 '13 at 0:50
I've added it, but I don't think it's really quite what you're after. –  daamsie Apr 19 '13 at 1:00
Send your answer and leave it for me to decide about what I am after! :)) –  Persian Cat Apr 19 '13 at 1:06
It is interesting that there is same question about women-only places and open but there are close votes for the other side! travel.stackexchange.com/questions/9319/… –  Persian Cat Apr 19 '13 at 10:15

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Mount Athos, in Greece, does not permit women to enter. Wikipedia explains the rationale behind this prohibition as

Monks feel that the presence of women alters the social dynamics of the community and therefore slows their path towards spiritual enlightenment.

However, you may want to refine your question. For example, most restrooms are divided on gender, although I largely suspect that that is not exactly the type of answer you were looking for.

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Intresting! I didn't know I can find it in wiki! And surely I do not mean restrooms which they have to be divided however my question is not about divided places but about man-only places. I think these are two very different matters. –  Persian Cat Apr 19 '13 at 0:44
Female cleaning attendants are allowed to enter male bathrooms to clean and vice versa, so i wouldn't say they are hard and fast on that rule –  RhysW Apr 19 '13 at 10:29

Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrimage/temple in Kerala, India, does not allow women between the ages of 10 and 50 (or more precisely the entry of the women in the menstrual age group) to enter the temple. Essentially, this is due to the fact that Ayyappan (the God of Sabarimala) is a Bramachari (Celibate).

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Very interesting example! I had traveled to India but not Kerala....I went to many temples in different cities but they only asked me to cover my body properly and leave my shoes outside. –  Persian Cat Apr 19 '13 at 1:29
Also there is a temple in Gururuvayur, kerala (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guruvayur) where you are not allowed to enter with pants/shirts. You have to wear dhotis. –  Suresh Apr 19 '13 at 5:42

All stadiums in Iran are man-only places and women do not have a permission to come in and watch games like football, volleyball, or basketball if the game is between men teams.

All beaches of Persian Gulf and on Iran side of the Caspian sea are man-only for swimming except for women who have complete Islamic cover. There are also some small places for women to swim with swimsuits and men are forbidden to come in.

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Same in Saudi Arabia –  tricasse Apr 21 '13 at 18:09
@tricasse +1 Unfortunately Iranian authorities are going the same way in defining more restrict rules against women's rights recently! However there is not a same cultural background. –  Persian Cat Apr 21 '13 at 18:43

The Herbertstraße "Herbert street" in Hamburg (only in German). It is a street where prostitutes are offering themselves to suitors, sitting in the windows. The street itself has screens so noone outside can look into the street.

There are red signs which prohibit to enter the street for minors and women. While in former times both minors and women were in fact forbidden, legally women should be able to enter the street because it is a public place.

It is still strongly recommended that womens do not enter because the prostitutes will act extremely aggressive. That means jeers, taunts, insults and in some instances a bucket with...fluids on the head. I do not know if this only a rumor to scare women away and in fact it is only water, but some insist that the prostitutes have really used excrements.

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Technically if the prostitutes are there it is not 'male only' as, well, they're there and not male. But the point of it being male 'access' only still stands –  RhysW Apr 19 '13 at 10:34
Fortunately my brother who lives in Hamburg for 28 years and is here now just next to me and reading your sentences says you are completely right and vouches you! Thanks! Very interesting information! :) –  Persian Cat Apr 19 '13 at 10:45
Greetings back. I am living in Hamburg, so it is a local legend... –  Thorsten S. Apr 19 '13 at 10:48

The Melbourne Club is a private men's only club in Australia. This is not the kind of thing you would visit as a traveller though. But, considering the people who have been a part of this club, it does highlight how sexism affects the power-balance even in a relatively enlightened country like Australia.

There are undoubtedly hundreds of other similar institutions, etc. that would be male-only or also female-only access. The question as it stands is probably overly broad as a result.

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Melbourne club adjacent to the women-only Lyceum Club :) –  wim Apr 19 '13 at 5:06
The equivalent controversy in the UK was the Carlton Club, which accepted full female members from 2008 (with an earlier exception made for Thatcher, and non-voting female members). But I don't know whether the Carlton club ever forbade women on the premises. They may have had female staff and so on. –  Steve Jessop Jun 4 '14 at 10:21

There is an article on exactly that on Fox News: No Women Allowed. In addition to the Mount Athos there is Mount Omine and a few others.

I am not sure where this is but it's still prohibited to women

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Your link in the second paragraph is a Thai monastery –  tricasse Apr 21 '13 at 18:08

There are lots of places in Japan. Here is a list on wikipedia. Among others, this mountain is one of the most strict one.

From the wikipedia article:

Traditionally, women in Japan were not allowed to climb mountains sacred to the Shinto religions. [...] a sign at the entrance to the mountain proclaims "No Women Admitted," in English and Japanese. [...] The ban has been challenged many times but without success. Supporters note that sexual segregation does not equal sexual discrimination.[6] Supporters also state that the ban has an unbroken, 1,300-year tradition.[7] Mount Ōmine's designation as a World Heritage site by UNESCO was seen by critics of the ban to have given the gender ban a stamp of approval.[8]

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Schorem is a barbershop in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) which allows men and dogs, but is not accessible to women. This is stated on their business hours page.

Probably other barbershops exist with the same rule, but their webpages do not state it explicitly.

I'm not affiliated with Schorem, just thought it would be a valid answer.

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