Yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum’s decision that ladies’ nights are a legal part of New York’s nightlife. The judges dismissed a complaint by Roy Den Hollander, the lawyer and plaintiff who claimed that New York clubs, Copacabana, China Club, A.E.R., Lotus, and Sol discriminate against men when they lower drink prices and door charges for ladies.Turns out, Hollender is a “Men’s Rights Advocate” with a history of fighting for the rights of the “oft-maligned” modern man. We caught up with him to find out more.
In 2008, Hollander — who, according to his website has a law degree from George Washington University and a business degree from Columbia — claimed that Columbia University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender is discriminatory because there is no equivalent program for men’s studies. A judge dismissed the case. He also filed a complaint claiming that the Violence Against Women Act, which allows immigrant women who were abused by their spouses to obtain citizenship, is unconstitutional. A judge dismissed the case. [His ex-wife, a Russian citizen, once used the Violence Against Women Act against him. He writes on his website that the act grants citizenship to women “falsely accusing their American husbands,” and he told us that on top of it all, he didn’t know that his wife was actually a “Russian mafia prostitute.”]
Despite the latest dismissal, Hollander’s highly personal mission to end ladies’ nights isn’t over. “I thought it was going to be a sure win,” he says. He is currently working on a petition to appeal the decision to dismiss his case (though he admits he expects the dismissal will be upheld), and meanwhile, has filed another complaint against Amnesia, the club that refused to allow him to enter without purchasing a bottle.
“It might be because I’m a Libra, and I just don’t like people violating my rights,” says Hollander, who views feminists as a “special interest group” seeking “preferential treatment.”
“Ladies night is a microcosm for American society today in which guys shoulder the burden, and girls receive the benefits from the guys shouldering the burden…I mean, think about the draft,” he says.
You might picture Hollander as a celibate philosopher or an unconventionally focused hippie, but you would be wrong.
“I pursue the lady that Mother Nature tells me to pursue,” Hollander says, telling us that Mother Nature always tells him to pursue women in their twenties, whom he has been attracted since he was five, when he saw Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in theaters and checked out Marilyn Monroe’s “pillows.”. However, ladies can only guess at his age, because he will not reveal it. (Clue: It’s a 1953 movie)
In his own civilian protest, he doesn’t buy drinks for women he hits on casually — unless he takes someone out on a dinner date, in which case, it’s his treat.
When he’s not fighting for man’s rights, Hollander takes hip-hop dance classes. Why? “I love a lot of young ladies in one place…There’s generally only one heterosexual man, and it’s me,” he says. “I take the class to meet chicks…I don’t take the class because I think I’m a dancer.”
One time, he says he took a dance class that had 80 women in it. “That’s better than what Osama Bin Laden offers, and you don’t have to die for them,” he says. “Look at what a girl’s body is built for.” It’s built for sex? “Yes.” Man, and we thought legs were for dancing!
Oddly for someone who so dislikes ladies’ nights, Hollander prefers to go out in the Meatpacking District and likes playing the odds rather than focusing too much attention on one lady who may not be into him.
By his estimates, there are 3.3 billion women in the world; he’s attracted to approximately five percent; and that averages out to 7,000 girls per night. He doesn’t use skeevy lines like, “Hey baby, how you doin?'” and instead says he goes with, “Looks like Al Gore was right,” if it’s a really hot day or “Looks like Al Gore was wrong,” if it’s chilly outside.
What with all the lawsuits, Hollander is currently having trouble finding work as an attorney. So, while continuing his anti-feminist battle, he says, “I’m trying to switch my profession into acting.” With a life fit for a Hollywood plot, perhaps a biographical screenplay is a better bet.