Minnesota Leads in Modernizing Bar Rules
Hot off the presses:
Men and women can now get plowed on the cheap equally, or not at all: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is reinforcing an old rule that “Ladies Night” drink specials amount to illegal gender discrimination.
The sobering news comes after [Minnesota Department of Human Rights] charged five Twin Cities bars for violating the state’s Human Rights Act by engaging in “gender-based pricing.” MDHR hasn’t yet named the bars, so don’t rush out tonight looking for them.
Most people would argue (and have argued) that “Ladies Night” is not discriminatory against men, but rather, a male plot to increase mating opportunities. Yet the law strikes down the practice for reasons that have very little to do with the actual nefarious (and arguably sexist, and thus discriminatory) reasons for the practice.
So, is this a step forward for civilization, and if so, does it count if it has happened for illogical reasons? From a purist-skeptic point of view (which may not be the best approach, see: this commentary), this law should be struck down because the reasoning is virtually exclusionary of the relevant logic.
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