Separate But Equal: men and women of the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club

Mar 28, 2013 691

For nearly a century, the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club has stood by its Latin motto: Mens Sana in Corpore Sano—a healthy mind in a healthy body. It has also stood by another tradition—women need not apply. 

Nowhere is this more apparent than at the monthly "stag dinner" where members and their male guests have assembled for decades to break bread, throw back a few drinks, lock horns, and enjoy a regular male bonding experience. Women are strictly forbidden, except for the occasional visit by scantily-clad Peroni Girls who help sell raffle tickets. Even the Peroni Girls, however, have to retire to the second-floor bar to enjoy their complimentary dinners.

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Fonte: L'italo-Americano

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