The Therapy Sessions
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Court rejects men-dining-nude claim
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- The Louisiana Supreme Court ordered a country club to open its men-only restaurant to women, rejecting claims that members sometimes dine there in the nude.
"In the twenty-first century, it is simply archaic to cite protection of women from the sights and sounds of a locker room environment as an excuse for excluding them from the public dining area as it exists in this country club," Justice John L. Weimer wrote for the unanimous court.
This is just silly. If men want all-male restaurant, they should be able to have it. It's a freedom of association thing, and I think the government goes too far when it sticks its nose into these things.
But I do question the wisdom of the club's assertion that its patrons like to dine in the nude.
It's a good way to make your patrons look very weird - not a good business strategy.
And apparently it wasn't good legal strategy either.