This is an excerpt from a Dov Bear post from today – he makes a good point and I know many folks who go nuts when they hear of women’s prayer groups.
When a woman wants to daven with other women, every Rabbi to the right of Avi Weiss screams feminism, or makes insulting guesses about her ulterior motives. This doesn’t happen to men. Our motives aren’t ever subjected to the same degree of scrutiny. When a man takes on something new, no one questions his intentions. No one says, “Hey I bet he’s only doing that to secure a better match for his daughter, or to make people forget about the target vomiting last year during Hakafot.”
But let a women try to improve herself, and she goes right under the microscope.
Why the double standard?