Among the things members of the Phoneix Country Club are forbidden to do:

1) Use foul language or wear capri pants on the tennis courts.

2) Be a woman and be in the Grill Room.

3) Speak ill of The Club to the media (yes, Winthrop, that includes questioniong Rule 2).

OK, so I’m just guessing on the first one, but the other two are as reported by today’s New York Times (as for rule 2, women can, per the Times, use “a smaller room with a hot plate down the hall” from the Grill Room). Apparently a club member ran afoul of Rule 3 by talking to the Times about Rule 2 and was expelled.


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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.