Posts Tagged ‘discrimination’

Ladies’ Night: It’s Not About the Ladies

August 20, 2011

A fellow named Steve Horner has apparently been campaigning for years against the concept of “Ladies’ Night” at bars and nightclubs on the grounds that it illegally discriminates on the basis of gender. This has elicited much scoffing (and some more pointed criticism) from a variety of folks. Most people seem to laugh at him because Ladies’ Nights are such an established tradition — few even stop to consider that they might be discriminatory. Some feminists have chided him for focusing on this one minor instance of discrimination against men while ignoring much more serious instances of discrimination against women. The ACLU has said that discounts reserved for women do not “rise to the level of a constitutional injustice.”

It is pretty clear that Steve Horner is a supersized turdburger. He is unapologetically homophobic and misogynist. He thinks he’s a hero on par with the likes of Rosa Parks and Jesus Christ. And he dislikes Ladies’ Nights because he thinks they’re part of some broad “feminist-Marxist” conspiracy, which is the opposite of the real reason why they suck. His critics are right that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and they’re right that there are bigger fish to fry. But one can be a turdburger and still happen to be right about something, and Steve Horner is (sort of) right about Ladies’ Nights. (more…)

Marriage is not Assimilation

November 4, 2009

Marriage is not assimilation, and even if it was, it would still be a right worth fighting for.

Some inflexible activists have resisted the push for marriage equality by arguing that marriage itself is patriarchal and not worth fighting for. I noticed such arguments especially in response to the battle over Proposition 8 in California, first running across the idea in print on Facebook and a sparsely-formatted website. It always pains me when folks with their hearts in the right places adopt such warped, narrow ways of expressing legitimate criticisms. (more…)