Vegan Cafe Aims To Balance Gender Inequality With 'Man Tax'

Cafe owner says she wants men to think about male privilege
Alex O'Brien (left) implemented the 'man tax' at the cafe (Photo: Handsome Her Instagram)

An Australian vegan cafe has implemented a 'man tax' in a bid to address inequality in the gender pay gap.

The levy is part of an initiative at Handsome Her eatery in Melbourne to make men think about male privilege - women are also given priority over seating.


Cafe owner Alex O’Brien said: "I do want people to think about it, because we’ve had this [pay discrepancy] for decades and decades and we’re bringing it to the forefront of people’s minds.

"I like that it is making men stop and question their privilege a little bit. There’s been nothing but positivity from everyone, males and females."

The additional cash will be donated to the Elizabeth Morgan House, a charity which supports Aboriginal women and children.

O'Brien added that one man donated $50 (Aus) to the cause.

The cafe's 'house rules' (Photo: Handsome Her Instagram)

Social media

But the reaction on social media has been more mixed - with some branding the move 'sexist'.

One angry Twitter used said: "This makes me sick. What the hell is wrong with these stupid women. Rules for men to enter?"


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