Some of the traditional Burns clubs not a million miles away are male only. Attendance at their Burns suppers is confined to members and male guests.
Even the Lassies’ Reply is delivered by a man, while the haggis is often borne in by “Poosie Nancy”, a man in drag.
At other Burns suppers, which are open to women, too often the content and tone of the speeches makes the experience a rather uncomfortable one for them.
Could the aforesaid possibly provide a clue as to why membership of Burns clubs is plummeting?
Jane Ann Liston