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[User Picture]From: thomas_sean Date: August 24th, 2006 - 08:11 pm (Link)


At first glance, It seems to me that what Hooters delivers is not very different from any other sports bar that hires waitresses or waiters based on their appearance. An attractive wait staff can be a selling point for repeat business, so can an effective and capable wait staff (they aren't mutually exclusive). Physical attractiveness is a commodity in hospitality(ask anyone in show business), but in my experience Hooters doesn't consistently offer even that. All it offers is a guarantee that your wait staff will be female, she'll be wearing a wonderbra, the campy uniform and her shirt will be very tight. Whether you're attractive or a friendly and attentive server is second to the fact that you have to be willing to exhibit your body. I think it becomes exploitation when a person will do something they would not ordinarily be comfortable with and the propietor profits. Some people are very comfortable with exhibitionism and sexually overt indulgences like wearing arousing clothing, which means Hooters is not categorically a house of exploitation, but merely the staging ground for the loosening of some shy girls' standards with the potential for widespread abuse (Hooters videotape scandal). BTW, the wings are skimpy, fatty and bland, the beer selection is weak and watery and although the girls were plenty friendly the service was slow.

As for sexist exploitation that swings the other way look no further than professional sports. I recently stopped by Steelers training camp with a female friend who told me she had very little interest in the mechanics, strategy, or future prospects on display. Why was she there? Ben is hot. How many crop top jerseys, terrible towel mini-skirts and black and gold thongs are sold to female fans every year that admit that its the physical attractiveness of players and not necessarily the football that drives their willingness to shell out dough for paraphenalia? I have no idea what percentage of women follow football for the sport or for the derrieres in tight pants, but it definitely happens and mechandise marketers know it too. Do football players care if they are regarded as sex symbols? T.O. doesn't, but maybe Polamalu would. Do they care if someone else profits from it? T.O. certainly does, show him the money!

Fantasy football causes people to watch games they should probably ignore.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: August 24th, 2006 - 10:47 pm (Link)

Re: Exploitation

absolutely. I've written about that before too. I even specifically referenced football at one point. Sex sales. To both genders. If anything, Hooters is just being more honest about everything than most service companies would be.

You know, maybe if I watched the games that I like to ignore I might do better at fantasy football.
[User Picture]From: thomas_sean Date: August 25th, 2006 - 02:10 pm (Link)

Re: Exploitation

Or you could spend hours upon hours on internet statistics sites and and make silly charts like these .

4 hours of st.louis vs san francisco should not be a valuable way to spend part of your weekend.

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