Lawyer Loses Ladies' Night Lawsuit
Someone should buy attorney Roy Den Hollander a drink. No doubt he needs one, after a federal judge threw out his lawsuit seeking to put a cork in ladies' nights at New York nightclubs. The self-professed anti-feminist's complaint alleged that his constitutional rights to equal protection under the law were violated by nightclubs that charge higher admission prices for men than women. But U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum wasn't buying that argument. Nightclubs are private establishments that can charge whatever they want, she ruled, dismissing his complaint.
Hollander dismissed the dismissal, calling the judge a feminist and describing her ruling as consistent with the anti-male discrimination embedded in many American institutions. "This lawsuit would have put an end to guys financially subsidizing girls to party at nightclubs," he told the New York Daily News. No doubt, had he succeeded, men everywhere would have owed him a debt of gratitude. As the College on the Record blog commented, "What were these clubs thinking trying to lure hot women into their venues for the benefit of their male customers?"
Meanwhile, Hollander's crusade against women of the world continues on other fronts. In August, he filed a federal lawsuit against Columbia University seeking to shut down its women's studies courses. His lawsuit seeks class action status and alleges that Columbia is using government aid to preach a "religionist belief system called feminism." His complaint calls the women's studies program "a bastion of bigotry against men" that "demonizes men and exalts women in order to justify discrimination against men based on collective guilt." In another lawsuit, he challenges the constitutionality of the federal Violence Against Women Act, alleging that the law "was created by feminist organizations to provide alien wives alleging abuse a fast track to permanent residency by violating the U.S. Constitutional rights of citizen husbands."
Hollander's Web site implores, "Now is the time for all good men to fight for their rights before they have no rights left." Speaking as just one member of the downtrodden but overpaid male gender, I think Hollander has it exactly wrong.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 30, 2008 at 02:11 PM | Permalink
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