This list is from a January 2013 Fox News piece:
Whether via girlfriend getaways, solo sojourns or adventure-heavy holidays, women are traveling more than ever these days. But even in today’s age of increasing gender equity, there are spots across the globe where the absence of a Y chromosome means a traveler must tread lightly – or not at all.
Many of these bans on females are steeped in religious tradition and etiquette, but is a reminder of how far, or not,
women have come.
Here are some tourist destinations where females strictly are forbidden.
Today, the gender ban continues, despite an 1872 Japanese government decree that struck down longstanding conventions that kept women off many of the country’s mountains, including Mount Fuji. Since then, Mount Omine has defiantly ignored that order. Predictably, Japanese women’s groups lobbied the government and the United Nations against naming the mountain as a World Heritage site, to no avail.
Galaxy water park, Bavaria, Germany: This past summer, one of Europe’s largest and most popular waterparks, which is part of the sprawling Therme Erding sauna complex near Munich, banned women from one of its high-speed slides because owners determined it to be causing “intimate injuries.” According to a park official, at least six women suffered injury to their genital area on the X-treme Faser slide, in which participants can reportedly hit speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
A park spokesman told an English-language newspaper that it was working on developing a bodysuit for women to prevent such mishaps in the future. According to a gynecological association that was referenced in the newspaper, however, there was no medical condition other than pregnancy that should prevent women from using such a slide. In other words, this particular gender ban appears to be washed up.
A few observations. I find it fascinating how men can command enormous pieces of male-only territory--entire mountains!--for hundreds of years, and completely legitimize their exclusive possession and control through religion and "tradition." These are male-only spaces from top to bottom. And they are backed up by institutions as powerful as the United Nations.
By contrast, women's space tends to be short-lived, very limited in size (a single dining room, a single club), and very compromised--e.g. often managed by males, owned by males, including males as employees, admitting males if they are accompanied by women or even if they are not. Trans women, we are told, should be admitted as women are--even in locker rooms or saunas--based solely on identification. In the end, it's really not that unusual to end up with so-called women's spaces that have more men present than women.
And even then they are relentlessly attacked as "exclusionary."
But I can assure you that none of the religious "brothers" in the spaces described in the Fox piece have ever lost any sleep over admitting women, or even trans men. Wouldn't even occur to them to consider it. No guilt, no apologies.
And you know that the "non-exclusionary" folks who are hounding the few remaining women's colleges out of existence or screaming about the Michigan's Womyn's Music Festival (a relatively large territory to be sure, but women-only for just ONE WEEK out of the year) are sure not picketing, protesting, or camping out beneath Mount Omine. Oh no, that would be culturally and religiously "disrespectful."