I READ your front page article and editorial comment about the sexist attitude of the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club (South China Morning Post, January 3). Interestingly, almost exactly one year ago, I wrote to complain to the powers there on precisely this attitude.
Ladies do not have a monopoly on constant chatter. On finding the heavy guffaws of the men and the clatter of the restaurant noise at the Happy Valley Clubhouse disturbing, I sought refuge to do some reading in the Quiet room there. I assumed, in this modern age, that the notice forbidding my entry was left up from an earlier unenlightened era, and ignored the instructions. Yet within 10 minutes, I was thrown out from the almost empty room. I hope the 'gentleman' occupant responsible for notifying the staff to remove me feels very, very uncomfortable now, since my fury about my ignominious exit remains unabated.
Wives and daughters of members spend a considerable amount of money at the clubhouse and may equally have a need for a quiet room. If loud men would be asked to leave the facility, so can chatting women. Why would both sexes sitting quietly reading together be an offence to the sensitive feelings of men? In my opinion, the stewards, however they try to justify themselves, are undoubtedly sexist in providing a quiet room for one sex only. They are just too blinkered to face the real world of women professionals and want to have a room in which to pretend that they still live in the old days of the empire.
GWEN KAO Sha Tin