Men Asked to Pay More at Melbourne Cafe, by Annelise Answerth.
Brunswick cafe Handsome Her has caused a stir with a new initiative designed to raise awareness of the gender wage gap. A chalkboard at the cafe reads:
“House Rules, Rule #1: women have priority seating. Rule #2: men will be charged an 18% premium to reflect the gender pay gap (2016) which is donated to a women’s service. Rule #3 respect goes both ways.”
While Handsome Her’s main goal is to help women in need, it also hopes the initiative – which occurs one week out of every month – opens a conversation about the gender pay gap. …
According to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, a person cannot discriminate against another person on the ground of the person’s gender identity by the way of imposing a condition, requirement or practise.
“We are not imposing the surcharge, it’s voluntary,” O’Brien emphasises. “Men are asked if they want to pay the charge before being charged.”
Sexism rules at that cafe. Ugly. Rule 3 is like Orwell’s “all animals are equal,” an obviously political truth divorced from reality. Steer clear.