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March 17, 2008

Are ladies nights illegal?

Is it illegal for a club to throw events aimed at attracting women?
In Colorado, a man is campaigning against ladies nights held by bars, clubs and even the Colorado Rockies.
Steve Homer claims there is gender discrimination in ladies nights, and wants to see them ended. 
According to the article, ladies nights have been banned in New York, California and other states.  
Personally, I think it's a ridiculous.
There are dozens of more important societal issues that need to be dealt with. 
This guy needs to get a life.
What do you think? 
(Photo of Ladies Night at Camden Yards by Karl Merton Ferron/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:12 PM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Woodmont Deli in Silver Spring used to have a Ladies Night special. One day a week, women ate for free. The special ran for years.

Sometime in the early '90's, a gent took them to court, claiming discrimination . They basked in the free publicity for months before folding to the opposition.

Long story short: they changed the Ladies Night promotion to include anyone in a dress, which resulted in several local men showing up to eat in dresses.

Moral of the story: Ladies Nights may be discriminatory, but the alternative is less appetizing.

I don't have a problem with Ladies Night or whatever, but to Steve Homer I present a simple solution: if you don't like what a place is doing, DON'T GO!

There - that wasn't hard, and it didn't involve lawyers, either.

Here's an example of a similar fight in New York, courtesy of The New Yorker:

I agree with the sentiment of the NOW activist quoted in the story --- this guy would not make a fun dinner companion.

Why is the Oriole macking on this chick?

Personally, I have no problem with it if the bars do not charge a cover for the guys. We could always use a few more women at bars.

I have a very similar photo with Tigger from the last time I went to Disney World. I think honey pots were two-for-one in the Hundred Acre Wood that night.

I have never heard it was ladies' night at a bar and decided that I had to go there, but I am completely unopposed to using my gender to get free booze. Or a job. Or an award.

I don't get it. It seems like a win-win situation.

It's obvious how it benifits the ladies, but it benifits the guys because there's more ladies in the bar/clubs for them to associate with/pick up/stare and gawk at/tell cheesy one liners to. You would think any guy would appreciate anything that brings more ladies to his particular location. My assumption is the guy is gay or unhappily married.

Yeah, of course it's not the most important issue in the world. But that still doesn't make it legal.

It's clear that any discrimination (positive or negative) based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, etc. is illegal. Just because most people like it, in this case, doesn't make it legal. So give the guy a break. He didn't write the laws; he's just asking that they be enforced.

While we're mentioning enforcing the laws that we didn't write, I would like the following laws enforced:

it is still an offense to take a lion into a cinema.

It is a park rule violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt.

It is a violation of city code to sell chicks or ducklings to a minor within 1 week of the Easter holiday.

You may not curse inside the city limits.

Oral sex can not be given or received anywhere.

Every law make sense and must be enforced accordingly!!!

Perhaps children and senior citizens should not get into theme parks, museums, etc. at discount rates. That's ageist! And those college kids getting discounts with their dang student IDs...

What are we talking about here? In this town when I think of Ladies Night it means Lesbian. In other places it means reduced admission ,free drinks, etc. for women. Where the women are the men are sure to follow, unless it is a Lesbian night?

D from Gtown -- there is a worm in her ear, and he's trying to peck it out.

Don't knock the Bird's moves, she looks into it!

"Steve Homer claims there is gender discrimination in ladies nights, and wants to see them ended."

In our PC world, he's right and it's perfect fodder for the ACLU but on a practical level it's not worth the bother, even if you don't have anything else to do.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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