Recently a mom friend told me that before an action movie that she was taking her sons to they would eat with friends at Hooters.
“Yeah, some people have a problem with it she said. But, my kids ( about 7 and 9yrs) like to play the basketball game there and they eat the food.”
“Well, maybe they don’t notice the girls in the tight t shirts.” I said trying to be knee jerk supportive. Then I thought of how early guys have told me they began masturbating. Farrah Fawcett posters, etc. But, hey, that’s not bad, part of life, right?
Now, I know I wouldn’t take my daughter into a Hooters because I don’t want her to get the message that she should be an ornamental woman. There are enough messages of that left all over the world for her to see, so I’m not going to accelerate that.
I’m also a food snob, so I would have to be roadtripping for hours, super hungry and have to pee to go into a Hooters solo. Chicken wings, burgers formulaic food is not my bag.
But, would I take a boy in there? NOW ( National Organization for Women for those of you who weren’t brought up going to their rallies as I was) takes issue with Hooter’s catering to kids. The business model of Hooters, is pretty crass. Do men and boys like sexy girls?yes. Should that be stopped? No. But, I would very uncomfortable being with my son in that atmosphere. On Parent Dish I found out that they have Hooter gear for kids! Blech. A parent who would buy their little girl a Hooters shirt might be a candidate for a visit from child protective services. (Check out this photo from Esquire. I hesitated to even share, except it was already posted. My compromise is not putting it here.) Young boy does not look happy at Hooters.
Okay, sorry, my hippie feminist upbringing that strives to be non judgemental was just trumped by my hippie feminist upbringing side that use to spell women with a “Y”. I think I would rather take my son to a lesbian, socialist coffeehouse than a Hooters. Than I’m at least supporting a small business owner.