The National Organization for Women filed complaints against local Hooters restaurants Thursday, but not for exploiting its scantily clad waitresses by subjecting them to leering and groping customers.
The subject this time was Hooters’ catering to children.
The restaurants in San Francisco, San Bruno, Sacramento and Orange County are classified as “adult entertainment” establishments but also serve minors, NOW’s California chapter said in papers filed with police and prosecutors.
What’s more, the organization said, Hooters provides child menus, high chairs and booster seats, and sells T-shirts in children’s sizes that identify the wearer as a “Future Hooters Girl.”
Patricia Bellasalma, NOW’s California president, asserted that Hooters is violating state and local laws prohibiting sexually oriented “adult” businesses from serving minors. The chain is also violating federal employment standards, she said.
Bellasalma said the federal government has not subjected Hooters to the rules requiring employers to protect their workers from harassment by customers. The Atlanta restaurant chain has successfully argued that its employees know they will be working in sexually charged surroundings, Bellasalma said.
But in recent years, she said, the company has promoted itself as more family-friendly. She cited a statement on hooters.com that “10 percent of the parties we serve have children in them.”
“If they want to switch and turn the chain into a family-style restaurant, more power to them,” but Hooters would then have to follow the same anti-harassment rules as other restaurants, Bellasalma said.
So, you see, this really isn’t about any “concern” for the welfare of children. This is just another way for NOW to target a restaurant chain they’ve hated for years because of their alleged “exploitation” of women by ‘making them wear skimpy costumes and subjecting them to the leers of male customers’ – even though every woman who *voluntarily* applies to Hooters to be a waitress knows what they’ll be wearing and the customer base they’ll be serving (primarily males). These women CHOOSE to work at Hooters. Isn’t that what so-called “feminists” have fought for all these years? The right for women to choose to work outside of the home in the job arena of her choice?
You really can’t make this up. Radical liberal “feminists” are pro-“choice” except when it comes to job decisions some women make (and, of course, when it comes to a woman choosing to keep her baby). A woman taking a job in a field where her body will be on display in some form is deeply offensive to them – they say it’s because they don’t want women being “exploited.” It’d be great if they were sincere in that but the real underlying issue is that they don’t like the fact that these women are emphasizing the fact that they are women, and that there are obvious differences between women and men. It’s the old self-loathing auto-mechanism buried not so far into the stomachs of every so-called “feminist” because these types of women seek not only to erase in the minds of everyone on the planet the fact that women and men are different, but, alternately & hypocritically, they also seek to establish women as the “dominant” – not equal, but “superior” – sex.
Personally, I don’t promote taking kids into a Hooters restaurant for lunch or dinner, nor do I condone taking any job where a woman is voluntarily exploiting her body for money (such as at Hooters or a strip club) because as a real classical equity feminist, I’m in favor of women choosing jobs and career paths that engage the mind more so than the body, but I support a woman’s right to CHOOSE where she works, and family’s right to take their kids out to eat at an establishment of their choosing.
Also, consider this: Can anyone take seriously NOW’s pretense of being concerned for the welfare of children, considering their abhorrent position on unborn children?
Didn’t think so.
Don Surber quips:
What is with San Francisco?
A kid cannot get a Happy Meal and now a kid cannot go to Hooters.
No “Future Hooters Girl” T-shirt? Why?
I guess the only choice that NOW wants women to make is to abort their children.