I recently applied to Wing membership.. what is Wing?
Wing is a co-work and social space, specifically for women, in spaces designed with women in mind.
Why would I do this? Isn't networking for aggressive sales people or young social climbers? Nope.
I have an office, my skincare is digitally marketed and I'm not young nor, a social climber. Yes.I've had a place, as opposed to non-place, business-wise, over the last three decades, and while as an INTJ I am not much for networking, I do see the value in connection with women and connection beyond my little hermit-like life.
While it is a place, and has several locations (and growing), I see Wing as a non-place rather than a place, in relation to my needs.
French anthropologist, Marc Auge, coined the term "non-place" as a place where a human can be anonymous and, even insignificant if they wish. Places like this are often more so train stations, or cafe's where one is not going to drink coffee per se, but to blend into the woodwork or book shelves.
So, for me, while I hope to interact, be inspired and maybe even inspire, I see Wing as a place to just be. To grab a book, sit on a pink chair and enjoy the sounds of DC or NYC. Perhaps even Paris. Sort of give me a home away from home, that isn't my home.. a non-place. A place I may or may not work. I might socialize or like I said, simply read.
So, to have a non-place where I can belong, and anonymously if I wish, seems like a luxury. To be in a crowd, but nurtured by pink and latte, seems delicious.
I'm riding the wave of hopeful connection so that I might learn more.
On the other end of this, the organization has gotten slack for being discriminatory, though I am not sure that the claims will hold up... as it specifically does not state men are not allowed, but rather that it is a space for women to feel safe, as a woman.
As a woman, what are places that you've found as non-places that have served your spirit?