Handsome Her's ''man tax'' is a necessary step for gender equality
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An Australian café has evoked mixed thoughts following the introduction of a “man tax”. Handsome Her, a vegan café located in Melbourne, advertised that men would pay an 18% surcharge on goods sold, in addition to women having priority over seating within the café.
world reversed. In the working world, women are commonly known to be paid less than men working in the same roles and are often cheated out of opportunities such as promotions based solely upon assumptions made regarding their gender.
theory women will pay for them out of a higher percentage of their salaries than men, making everyday goods more expensive for women than their male counterparts.
Handsome Her have looked beyond the obvious statistic to encourage both men and women alike to consider the negative impact pay differences are having upon livelihoods for no logical reason.
Overall, Handsome Her have brought to light the issues of gender inequality in the workplace deliberately in a way which is unfair and discriminates against men. They do so with the overall aim of getting men and the wider world to understand the very real impact workplace discrimination has upon women’s careers and livelihoods. Though with an approach that may be considered by some to be radical, it is a necessary step for advancements of female rights in the workplace.
The surcharge is intended to represent the 18% pay gap between men and women in professional roles across Australia, a statistic which is further applicable within the UK. While some have praised the café for reflecting real world issues, others have been critical to note that it is unfair and sexist to impose such rules. Without insight, yes, asking men to pay more for their food and drinks is unfair and placing them in a position where they are considered to be of lower social importance than women is discriminatory upon gender. Though the surcharge is only in place for one week each month and is not compulsory (with these profits being donated to charity), it is right to consider such a rule unfair. After all, why should you have to pay more if you are a man and why do women deserve these special rights? However, this is entirely the point. This small café in Australia has become a microcosm; a miniature variation, with the characteristics of something much larger, of the working
Would LOVE everyones thoughts on this. My friends cafe in #Brunswick, Handsom Her - is for women by women AND an has a 18% gender tax! pic.twitter.com/tVSX3PO4q8— Paige Cardona (@paigecardona) August 3, 2017
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