I have to ask.
Apparently a group of 8th grade Pennsylvanians ended up at Hooters for lunch during their field trip this week.
So far, no shit has hit the fan. Big surprise. Seriously. This seems like something conservative types would throw a fit about.
I’m not so sure I would personally be upset as a parent. At least, not for the reasons other people might be. I hypothesize (since, alas, I am not a parent) that the sexual aspect of Hooters would not be a problem–you can find “sexier” things on TV. EDIT: To be clear, sexiness/boobs/women are not a big deal, especially for 8th graders. In fact, this sort of experience might be another useful tool to talk to my kid about sexuality and sexual expression.
However, I do have a problem with supporting Hooters as a company. It’s not sexuality itself that’s at issue, it’s the type of sexuality. The company has been involved in many degrading and disempowering practices toward their female workers and company authorities have been tangled in a slew of lawsuits for sexual harassment. Reputable chain strip joints generally have better track records–perhaps because their purposes are more explicit. Further in my distaste, the premise of “Hooters” is body negative and sex negative (pairing large breasts with attitudinal stereotypes required for employment, creation/encouragement of body hierarchies, encouraging gender hierarchies, reinforcement of women’s bodies as objects of sex in menial labor positions etc) as can be seen in the 3 in-text links above. IMO, this is not an empowering expression of sexuality and thus is not a company I want to support. My dollars are political and I can see myself being a bit irritated that the school would facilitate the financial validation of this kind of company through my kid.