I saw this posting about the men-only Argument of the Month Club at a church in Minnesota, featuring Fr. Zuhlsdorf, who is supposed to be a great speaker. Dunno. Never heard him.
But while I have no beef with meetings for a single gender only, I got a little perturned about how they (that would be the men folk who put this announcement together) justified their position:
Most parish events, the only men that show up are husbands, dragged by their wives. The AOTM, with a ten year history, regularly draws anywhere from 100 to 250 or more men, once a month, eight times a year.
These men are of all ages, from many parishes, and are possessed of many opinions and they are not afraid to express them or ask probing questions of the speakers. Not a few priests and seminarians (who get in free) are willing participants.
One of the major attractions, besides dynamic speakers like Father Z, is a menu laden with “guy food”, stuffed chock full of calories. No leafy arugula or jello salads. Attendees are asked to not bring their diet books and calorie-counters. Bountiful refreshing beverages are also provided.
So, we Catholic wimmin folk have nothing better to do than to drag our husbands' sorry-asses to church events, where we stuff them with veggies and tofu. Not only is it patronizing to women, but it is the same to those men who do go voluntarily to parish events because they want to.
How about simply saying, "This is a men only event so as to allow men to express themselves while in the camradery of other men."