2017 ain’t over yet. Which means everyone has to squeeze out as many cries of “SEXISM!” as they possibly can before the year comes to a close. This latest instance is a bit of a narrative buster. For once, it’s not feminist hags doing the crying. It’s the menfolk who feel wronged.
A man is suing comedian Iliza Shlesinger for waging a “War On Men” after he was denied entry to her November show, “Girls Night In With Iliza — No Boys Allowed.”
Shlesinger, a winner of the show “Last Comic Standing,” was fairly clear about her target audience in her Instagram announcement for the show. But George St. George says Shlesinger and the theater hosting her performance broke California state laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender by telling him and a male friend they couldn’t come in.
St. George and his guest believe the injustices they endured were on par with those leading up to the civil rights movement. What happened was “akin to the Montgomery City Lines bus company in Montgomery, Alabama circa 1955 morphing into the Woolworth’s department store lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960,” their lawsuit reads.
Oh boy. A bit dramatic? Sure. If boys want to have boys only spaces, they should feel free to. If girls want girls only spaces, they should go right on ahead. Ideally, none of the rest of us should have to give a flying fecal patty.
But imagine if the roles were reversed. If a man refused to let women attend his show, there would be California hell to pay. This is what happens when one lives in a bastion of progress (see Uh Oh! Those ‘Women Only’ Wonder Woman Screenings? They Were Illegal!). It just happened to backfire on the gals this time. Oopsie.
St. George is asking for compensation for costs incurred as well as attorney fees and “damages in amounts to be proven at trial.” He is also asking for an injunction to keep the defendants from “engaging in unequal treatment of customers based on the consumers’ sex” and that Shlesinger undergo “sensitivity training regarding sex discrimination.”
Here’s the problem. When “boys’ clubs” come under attack and get disbanded, it’s seen as justice (see Harvard Upholds Rule Penalizing ‘All-Male Social Clubs’). When an equally “sexist” girls’ night out gets slapped with a lawsuit, feminists whine that men are being patriarchal party poopers.
Make up your mind, ladies. Is sexism a no-no or not?