Your mocking tone in the ladies' night article is unjust. If it were men's night, white people's night, good-looking people's night, blond people's night, thin people's or fat people's night, would you still mock it? You seem to think it is not possible for men to be victims of discrimination. As a white, 43-year-old, married father of two, I see it every day. I see and hear it every day on sitcoms and national news programs. I read it every day in the newspapers and magazines. White men are the cause of every evil in the world; we are all intolerant, loud, angry buffoons.
Believe it or not, while I've searched high and low for many years, I have not been able to find the "White Men Holding Power Association," the "White Men Perpetuating Institutional Discrimination Society," the "How to Be a Dopey, Incompetent Uncaring (About Anything But Sports) White Husband and Father Meeting" or even the "Good Ole Boys Club." Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. Can you tell me where any of these groups meet?
According to articles, Steve Horner has been an anti-feminist since his wife left him, taking his kids; he feels the courts discriminated against him as a male. Now he's out to sue, at $500 a pop, any club that "violates his rights" by trying to draw women with special promotions, estimating that filing lawsuits could net him $3,000 to $4,000 a week, "easy." What a dope and a nuisance.
Clubs will find a way around this petty prick. I remember skirt nights at a Boulder watering hole. A surprising number of guys borrowed skirts to join the nightly special, but nearly every woman was there flaunting a flirty hemline. Heck, I would volunteer to stand outside a bar and pass out No Cover cards to women in the line.
Horner's anti-feminism stance deserves a little scrutiny. What really went on in that divorce court? How do women really feel about his cry of discrimination? What in the hell does this "corporate speaker" talk about: discrimination in the workplace because most sexual-harassment suits are brought against men by women? Or because more women receive maternity leave than men?
Too bad Horner has no just and important causes on his agenda other than quashing ladies' night frivolity. How about same-gender marriage? According to state law, I have to marry a lady, or no "marriage" for me! I feel discriminated against.
Ladies: It appears all of you have to pay for whatever caused Horner's lady to leave. Chances are, if Horner had snagged some tail at ladies' night, this issue would never have come up.
Finally, somebody who acknowledges the subtle damage done by these illegal, discriminatory policies like ladies' nights. Why, despite laws specifically written to prevent discrimination, do we continue to accept a "Curves for Women" health club in every town, while a "Men Only" gym would result in an immediate outcry of discrimination and sexism?
The double standard is a big elephant in the room. Bravo to Steve Horner for finally forcing people to acknowledge it.
San Diego, California
I kinda thought ladies' night was a way to partially make up for the fact that we earn 23 to 54 percent less than men do in equivalent positions. We don't hear Steve Horner bitching and moaning about that, do we? I think the Colorado Division of Civil Rights should take note of the recent Supreme Court decision that sets a 180-day limit on the filing of such claims (starting from the time one becomes aware of the practice) and tell Horner that his complaints are not timely. Oh, too bad, so sad, all those filing fees!
Name withheld on request
"You Do the Meth," Joel Warner, June 28
I tend to pick up Westword when I see it at coffee shops and burrito places, and I always find an article or two that are particularly amusing and informative. But I was simply blown away by Joel Warner's "You Do the Meth." Upon finishing it, I felt informed, enraged and optimistic. A strange combination, yes, but one that left me wanting to do all I could to aid the subjects covered — both the users and the government workers. Thus, in my eyes, eliciting the exact response every article should.
Props to you, Mr. Warner, for writing a wonderful article on a not-so-wonderful subject.
I pick up Westword almost every week, usually over lunch at one of the local places smart enough to carry it. The feature piece often looks interesting, but the actual story always goes on, and on, and on, and on and on.