I was watching a guy on colbert or john stewart the other day (don't remember which) and they had a guy on who was arguing that bars and clubs shouldn’t be allowed to have “ladies nights” where women get in free but guys have to pay. Often guys have to pay double to cover for the women (say $10 is the usual rate so maybe guys pay $20 and women get in free). He tried to take these bars to the supreme court and was making this huge fuss about them. He was on this vendetta to rid the world of ladies nights and wanted the government to put a stop to them. Now my first thought was that this guys was crazy The first reason was because I guess I am used to the idea of ladies nights and it’s just something I have come to accept as a guy, and it seems to make sense from a business standpoint. Hell most guys won’t even mind paying the extra money to get in when a bunch of ladies or there or be upset that the women don’t have to pay (they will probably buy the women free drinks anyway). I guess this is so present in our culture that it seemed absurd to get upset about it. The second reason is that a private bar or club should be able to charge whatever they want and let in whoever they want. This reminded me of the whole controversy with rand paul saying businesses should be able to discriminate and that the provision of the civil rights act which forced businesses to allow everyone in was unconstitutional. He was largely denounced and called a racist of course, but if businesses aren’t allowed to discriminate because of the civil rights act, then why are ladies nights alright? What if a bar had a “Caucasian night” where white people got in free but black people had to pay? There would be complete outrage. Though what is really the difference in the two? Is it just that it is more acceptable to discriminate against white men as a sort of payback for all the discrimination they have done in the past? Or is it the motivation that matters – after all, a ladies night ends up benefiting the guys and the motivation for making women get in free is to help the men. The motivation for a Caucasian night would probably not be as benevolent. 1. Should bars be allowed to have a ladies night where women get in free but men pay? 2. Should bars be allowed to have a Caucasian night where whites get in free but blacks pay? 3. If you answered differently to 1 and 2, what is the difference between them, and does this difference justify a different treatment under the law?