Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ladies' Night Constitutional

The Second Circuit has rejected an Equal Protection challenge to a private nightclub's policy of regularly charging men a higher cover charge.  This policy is known as "Ladies' Night."  The Court ruled that the Equal Protection clause did not apply because private nightclubs are not state actors.

Leaving aside the constitutional question, I am calling on all men to boycott institutions that employ these discriminatory practices.  But, then again, a successful boycott by men would only increase the proportion of women-to-men at such institutions, which is the goal of Ladies' Night .  So, on second thought, I demand that men boycott all Ladies' Nights, particularly in the Evanston, Illinois area.  Alas, the only way for me to enforce gender solidarity on this issue is to patrol the nightclubs myself.

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