When you go to lawyer Roy Den Hollander’s website, the first thing you see is a picture of the man himself and, in bright orange lettering, the words “Now is the time for all good men to fight for their rights before they have no rights left. Contact Roy to help battle infringement of Men’s Rights by the feminists and their allies.” Apparently the past few days have been busy ones for Hollander and the men’s rights movement. According to reports from The Village Voice, Hollander’s legal complaint about “ladies nights” in Manhattan bars was dismissed in September, knocking men down a peg or two.
According to Hollander’s resume, he has a law degree from George Washington University and an MBA from Columbia. Hollander’s been published in Business World Weekly and the Law Gazette, he has lived and worked in Russia, and he has presented a variety of papers on various subjects. He also enjoys “martial arts, salsa and hip-hop.” But for whatever reason, Hollander feels that his rights as a man are being infringed upon because of practices such as ladies nights.
As The Village Voice notes, this isn’t the first time that Hollander’s filed suit on behalf of men. In 2008, he “claimed that Columbia University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender is discriminatory because there is no equivalent program for men’s studies. A judge dismissed the case.” Hollander also takes issue with the Violence Against Women Act, “which allows immigrant women who were abused by their spouses to obtain citizenship.” He calls it unconstitutional.
While the legal merits of his claim against the Violence Against Women Act are certainly debatable, Hollander’s crossed a new line with his claims against ladies nights. Hollander cited New York clubs including Lotus, Sol, China Club and Copacabana, arguing that they “discriminate against men when they lower drink prices and door prices for ladies.”
Ladies nights, as I’ve always understood them, are attempts by bars and clubs to lure ladies to their doors for guys to try to pick up. Without ladies nights, the whole system of clubbing could break down. At the very least, you’d see a drop off in revenues. The same is true of other businesses that have themed events, such as family night, buy-one-get-one free, dollar days, etc. Heck, even happy hour could be taken to task if Hollander had his way. Why should alcoholics, early risers and the unemployed be able to enjoy reduced drink prices when others cannot?
Hollander told The Village Voice that he was disappointed with his legal defeat but resolute. “I thought it was going to be a sure win,” he said. He’s filing an appeal, he’s getting signatures, and his services are available to any men out there who feel their gender has been abused at the local bar.