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Man says Ladies Night 'not all right'

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 27 Sep 2010, 12:45

Published: 27 Sep 2010 12:45 GMT+02:00

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"I have twice tried to buy tickets, but was told on both occasions that I could not as I belonged the male half of the population," said 58-year-old Kent Grim to The Local on Monday.

Grim told The Local that he has no opinion about the issue of gender equality in society in general and that his decision to report Wallmans, the firm which produces the show, is based on a genuine desire to see the show.

”It is not just on a point of principle. I have noticed this event for a few years now, and they have a list of really good artists. It is a while since I went to something similar and really fancied going," he said.

Ladies Night explains on its webpage that the event "started as a dream to offer all women a special evening with high-octane entertainment, wonderful togetherness and a fantastic atmosphere", and sure enough on its internet bookings page it clearly states "ONLY FOR GIRLS!".

"It is a clear case of discrimination, reverse discrimination if you will, but discrimination all the same," Grim said, adding that he received no explanation from either Wallman's, or booking agent Ticnet, as to why men could not buy tickets.

"They just sounded very stressed and just said 'thank you and good bye'."

Ladies Night fifth anniversary show features a line up including the singers Martin Stenmarck, Andreas Johnson and Brolle, as well as comedian Måns Möller, with guest appearances from Stephen Simmonds.

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This year's tour began in Västerås on September 17th and runs until November 20th in Karlskrona.

The Local has contacted the production company behind Ladies Night for a comment on the report, but has not received a reply.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:26 September 27, 2010 by byke
Face it, he was an ugly chick.
13:29 September 27, 2010 by RememberAisha

I really dont give a toss about the whole affair but its true - if this was reversed where women were denied entry into whatever "party place" you can be sure the Feminist Initiative would think about burning more money or just raising a stink about the "discrimination against women".

Since women have even invaded Golf, I say let this dude in to see the cabaret!

I hope this old guy gets somewhere with this, should be interesting.
14:14 September 27, 2010 by kaze
He's clearly right.

Women have to legally be allowed into working men's clubs and all that now yet still there are allowed to be women's only events.

It just goes to show how bad the feminist fight for equality was, what they meant is they get to have all the bad things against them removed- but still keep exclusive rights over males.
16:36 September 27, 2010 by Liquidmonkey
after all these years of woman shouting EQUALITY, this is where it ends up.

well guess what ladies, your ladies nights, no lines up at bars, getting in without paying, woman only gyms are all going to end because EQUALITY is a TWO WAY STREET.

this stuff really annoys me!!

don't get me wrong, equality i great and should be there BUT IT NEEDS TO BE A 2WAY STREET.....period.
16:49 September 27, 2010 by BrittInSweden
Even women only car insurance companies had to accept men drivers due to this discrimination. OK so they jacked the price up for male drivers but at least they still accepted them... Eventually.
17:42 September 27, 2010 by rob582
What a twonk. Yes he is absolutely right and this decision would be upheld by any court under discrimination grounds, but w t f ? The title sums it up, 'Ladies Night' is just that, 15 mins of fame on its way and is the only reason behind this lame attempt.
17:45 September 27, 2010 by tgolan
Is special treatment for the Girls Discrimination? Does equality mean all discrimination and special treatment has to go?? how about Toilets?? Hell I think I'll apply to the girls mini marathon ,, well maybe...............
19:19 September 27, 2010 by procrustes
Now is the time, gentlemen, to demonstrate leadership: let the ladies have their private clubs, and then demand ours.

The women's liberation movement won its battle in Sweden and left with victory its leaders felt redundant--now what? So, they began their war on men.

Don't be fooled by all the screwy statistics on pay inequality. Any person qualified for a job will be sought by numerous employers and offered competitive remuneration.

Let them be girls. Let them celebrate their sisterhood--BUT let's make sure we get our due.
22:39 September 27, 2010 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Why are you having a go at the ladies about this? It's a guy complaining about being discriminated against by a company run men.
03:37 September 28, 2010 by Aureliano Buendia
act like real men, and women, respect each other, there will be no need for this feministic bullshit. enjoy the respect, be equal, make compromises, be individual, not sexist, dont have prejudice for color, hair-color, sex, dress, style. damn, this country has still distance to climb
09:12 September 28, 2010 by SarahRF
I agree with previous comments that sometimes the Feminist move has gone too far. Sure, have a Ladies Night, but then let's get a show together and call it Guys Night. Have strippers and bar dancers or whatever tickles the male fancy.

Also, what if the guy is gay? Then he'd be really into Ladies Night, just like the ladies, so why wouldn't he be able to go?

This is looking like more than just male vs female discrimination, you have discrimination against homosexual guys too! The Horror!! :P

Seriously though, like someone said, equality is a 2 way street. If "girls only" exists, then "boys only" should too.
10:21 September 28, 2010 by hutom
Even with this funny, little, fringe incident male commentators here atrted abusing women and women-lib.

Why? It was decision made by the company men. It is just a cheap publicity stunt by the company to attarct more visitors to the club.

What has women or women's lib got to do with this?

15:41 November 27, 2010 by janeway
hutom: You are so correct!

The rest of you, who connects this publicity stunt with the more than 100 year old struggle for equal rights, if the suit don't fit, there's always Saudi Arabia, Iran or North Korea. One-way tickets are available.
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