Australian cafe charges 18% ‘man tax’ to highlight gender pay gap, inequality
The feminist vegan cafe has triggered a war of the genders on social media with a so-called ‘man tax.’world Updated: Aug 09, 2017 13:03 IST
An Australian cafe is charging its male customers an 18% ‘man tax’ for one week every month and giving women priority seating to raise awareness about the gender pay gap.
Handsome Her, a vegan cafe in Brunswick, Melbourne, is a cafe where women reign supreme.
Alexandra O’Brien, the owner of the cafe, calls the place a space for women, by women with women receiving priority seating and an extra tax for men.
“One week out of every month we have an 18% premium for men which is the same as the gender pay gap,” O’Brien was quoted as saying by 7 News.
The charge is also not compulsory. “I think it’s fair - if you think about the world and the gender inequality that we have,” a female customer was quoted as saying.
Highlighting wage gap in a very tangible wayand creating spaces for and by women 👌 As long as it's trans inclusive it sounds great ❤️— Margot Fink (@margot_fink) August 3, 2017
“I think it’s a brilliant idea because I don’t think many people actually know the gap,” another female customer said.
A male customer named Phil Dempster said, “I could wear that, given it’s a fairly unequal pay gap between men and women. Even though there is supposedly equal pay, it doesn’t really equate out there.”
love it! Spaces for ladies is always great and highlighting the pay gap like this is harder for people to ignore.— Fiona Cannon (@FiCan) August 3, 2017
The staff at the cafe was quoted as saying that the gender tax is not aimed at excluding people but rather educating them with proceeds going to charity.
“If men don’t want to pay it, we’re not going to kick them out the door. It’s just an opportunity to do some good,” O’Brien said.
However, not many were pleased with this new and unique pricing system.
I think if you want to fight for equality then surely treating everyone the same is the way to go— Leroy Brown (@LeighroyH) August 3, 2017
Not a fan. Whilst appreciate highlighting the issue of pay, creating an us and them is divisive. Flip this, and Twitter is in flames.— Pauloncè (@PJS_84) August 3, 2017
Divisive - surely they can understand that ostracising one sector of the community based on gender is not moving toward equality!— General Soreness (@GenSorenessSC) August 3, 2017