I’m shocked, SHOCKED that an eatery which discriminated against half the population couldn’t hack it.

Handsome Her, a feminist vegan restaurant in Melbourne Australia closed its doors April 14. When it opened in 2017, it made global headlines for charging an 18% ‘man tax’ to male patrons in order to highlight the non-existent gender wage gap. The tax was charged for one week each month.

In parting, Handsome Her lamented the discrimination of lesbians among the LGBTQ community wrote thusly:

It’s been a wild journey to say the least. When we opened Handsome Her in 2017, we expected that perhaps we might make a stir through our brazen public discussions of structural inequality and oppression. The man tax blew up the internet, an idea that we didn’t think was all too radical, yet the way the world responded showed us how fragile masculinity is and solidified the necessity for us to confront and dismantle patriarchy. We were just one little tiny shop on Sydney Rd that was trying to carve out a swathe of space to prioritise women and women’s issues, and suddenly we became the punching bag of Melbourne and the internet. Yes, we are the evil, discriminatory, man-hating dykes who charge men more when didn’t you know the wage gap doesn’t even exist!? Meanwhile gentlemen’s social clubs live on and strong around Melbourne and the world over…

…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.

I’m so, so over the juvenile and petulant man-shaming. Seriously ladies, get yourself into therapy, deal with your Daddy issues, and stop vomiting your insecurities and childhood trauma all over every man in existence. That way lies peace, happiness, and the ability to enjoy people irrespective of gender.


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