The vegan feminist restaurant that discriminated against men by charging them an 18% gender surcharge will close down at the end of the month, according to reports.
The vegan Handsome Her cafe, located in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, announced on Facebook that the location will go out of business on April 28.
"Now, as many of you know, Handsome Her has fallen mostly on the shoulders of Tessa and Alex who plan the events, run the cafe and spend every waking moment working on the business. However, we are off to our next adventure up north where we will be doing some hands-on work, something we have missed sorely whilst being at 206 Sydney Rd, Brunswick," the restaurant wrote in a statement.
The statement added: "While it is a shame to lose the physical space (and we understand how essential it is for women and lesbians to hold space), we leave knowing that the communities we have made transcend the trendy vegan café on Sydney Rd, Brunswick. We look forward to continuing Handsome Her in a variety of other, more creative ways and expanding our efforts to drive change with flexibility and mobility throughout Australia.”
It’s unclear whether the cafe was forced to go out of business as a result of its discriminatory policy.
The Handsome Her originally posted a list of “rules” on the chalkboard outside the cafe.
“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,” the message read.
They left out some key context in their “woke” message.
“The wage gap in Australia, as in the United States, comes not from discrimination (though that’s not to say discrimination never happens) but from the different choices men and women make in their careers,” the Daily Wire reported.
The report added: “Women tend to go into lower-paying fields or positions that offer more flexibility – leading to fewer hours worked. Women also tend to leave the workforce to have children. The ‘wage’ gap does not compare the actual earnings of men and women working the exact same job, but the average earnings of men and women across all jobs and industries.”
Regardless of why the Handsome Her is going out of business, discrimination of any kind should not be supported.