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College Students Protest Against 'Sexist' Country Night at Bar

| by Michael Allen

Trevor Dougherty and Rob Sekay, who are seniors at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), oppose so-called "ladies nights" at bars, which offer free or reduced admission for women.

“I don’t think a lot of women really realize that they are actually the product being sold,” Sekay told the Daily Tarheel, a UNC student-run newspaper. “By advertising ladies night or by offering no cover to women, that tells the male audience that this is where all the women are going to be. And not only is that objectifying the women, but it’s also commodifying them as well, which is pretty harsh.”

“As performers and as people who live off of this night scene, boycotting clubs would be boycotting ourselves,” stated Dougherty. “The biggest thing I want would be to start a conversation with the people who control the night culture in Chapel Hill.”

Sekay and Dougherty, who are also DJs, refuse to play any bars or nightclubs on a "ladies night."

However, Rob Davis, the general manager of The Deep End bar, countered, “For us, it’s just purely from a business standpoint. If girls are in your bar, guys come in. The DJs might have a problem with it, but the guys don’t. I just want a place where students and locals can come and feel safe and have fun."

“When our customers start complaining, I’ll do something. But until then, everybody’s copacetic with it,” added Davis.

While The Deep End doesn’t have "ladies nights," it does offer discounts for women.

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In response, Dougherty and Sekay organized a "Silent Protest Against Country Night" at The Deep End on Sept. 16.

The UNC students stated on Facebook:

This will not be a loud or violent protest. This will be a group performance that will etch confusion...and hopefully understanding...into the minds of the uninitiated. We are trying to GET THROUGH to the people who THINK NOTHING of sexist bar policies and rape culture at UNC.

According to Campus Reform, the student protesters silently stood outside The Deep End and protested "Country Night" because women (18-20) were paying five dollars to get in, but men (18-20) were shelling out ten dollars.

Sources: Facebook, Campus Reform, Daily Tarheel (Image Credit: Petr Kratochvil)