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Anyone around Brighton? Guess what? Hooters.

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ElectricSoftParade Wed 13-Jul-11 08:05:40

http://www.hooters.co.uk/Brighton/index.php

ElectricSoftParade Wed 13-Jul-11 08:07:00

Despair. I have just heard about this establishment opening in Brighton. Does anyone know of any local campaigns against this?

ElectricSoftParade Wed 13-Jul-11 08:07:34

www.hooters.co.uk/Brighton/index.php

David34 Wed 13-Jul-11 10:07:44

What is wrong with Hooters?

ElectricSoftParade Wed 13-Jul-11 10:17:12

Really?

AliceTwirled Wed 13-Jul-11 10:21:32

I've not heard of anything. Not local but am usually aware of stuff generally.

You could as Object

Sadly there's no feminist groups on UKFeminista for Brighton but would be surprised there's nothing.

The Bristol anti Hooters people are really active, so they might be ones to ask too.

Good spot!

DontCallMePeanut Wed 13-Jul-11 10:24:30

What's wrong with Hooters, David?

What's wrong? hmm

David34 Wed 13-Jul-11 10:26:13

I've never been to Hooters.

DontCallMePeanut Wed 13-Jul-11 10:29:42

Click the link. You'll see what's wrong with hooters.

ElectricSoftParade Wed 13-Jul-11 10:30:57

Thanks Alice, will have a look about.

David34 Wed 13-Jul-11 11:14:41

It just looks like any normal restaurant to me. The way some people go on, you'd think they had topless waitresses or something. They are wearing no more or less than in thousands of other bars, nightclubs or restaurants in Britain.

Is it an anti-American thing? Would it be acceptable if an independent restaurant owned by local Brighton people opened and did the exact same thing?

mummytime Wed 13-Jul-11 11:21:19

David34 - sorry but either you haven't looked properly or... Is this an establishment I would want my daughter to work in?
I like the US, but have always found Hooters objectionable, even more than my dislike of: lap dancing clubs, strip clubs, etc. More objectionable because it tries to pretend it is just a "family friendly" eating place.

David34 Wed 13-Jul-11 11:31:30

What do you find "objectionable" about Hooters?

What is "family unfriendly" about it?

Have you been to a Hooters?

celadon Wed 13-Jul-11 11:39:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

David34 Wed 13-Jul-11 11:46:01

Do you think being a "hooters girl" is not socially acceptable? Isn't something like that up to society to decide, by choosing to spend money in Hooters or to spend it elsewhere?

ItsNotUnusual Wed 13-Jul-11 12:30:21

Earlier this year, my daughters wento to Hooters with a group of friends - some of their friends thought it was a fun and cool thing to do. They felt deeply uncomfortable with the atmosphere there. There's a difference between being served in an environment where the staff happen to be friendly, attractive and happy and where the over riding reason for the place is for the staff to be sexy and flirtatious in a compulsory way.

I know quite clearly where the dividing line is for me and my daughters have discovered it for themselves. Are you able to make the distinction David34?

David34 Wed 13-Jul-11 12:39:57

I haven't been to a hooters. I am under the impression that it's just a normal resturarant, not a lapdancing club or something like that.

What kind of places are there where the staff "happen" to be friendly attractive and happy? What restuarants have you been to where the staff are surly, unattractive and miserable? I can't imagine an establishment like that staying open for very long.

bullet234 Wed 13-Jul-11 12:41:57

Hooters also refuses to employ men as waiters. Of course, if David34 is happy about a company that can also discriminate in this way, that is his choice.

ItsNotUnusual Wed 13-Jul-11 12:49:18

Ah, see, I'm not under the impression that it's just a normal restaurant. But I haven't been either. My daughters have and they didn't think it had the same atmosphere as a normal restaurant.

I take it you don't live in a small town! Plenty of restaurants where the staff are less than five star. Not just restaurants; hotels etc too. Isn't that why review sites are so popular?

I suppose my point is that, not just for the female staff at Hooters, but for everyone in society, there's a line between being naturally attractive etc and where it becomes a requirement or obligation to someone else's standards and it carries some sort of penalty for 'failure'. Maybe it's a distinction I make that you don't. :shrug:

noddyholder Wed 13-Jul-11 12:50:55

I am in Brighton. I despair sad Really never thought it would be accepted here

karmakameleon Wed 13-Jul-11 12:54:01

OP, have you thought about approaching your MP? I suspect Caroline Lucas might be sympathetic to your argument and she'd probably know if anyone already has set up a campaign.

noddyholder Wed 13-Jul-11 12:55:18

David34 why do you post here?

ElectricSoftParade Wed 13-Jul-11 12:58:48

Noddy, I know. I lived in Brighton for about 15 years and saw it change a lot, mostly for the better. I moved out several years ago to just along the coast and visit frequently.

I am really surprised, disappointed and, well, shocked.

Thanks Karma, will contact Caroline Lucas. As well as feeling all the above I am also angry.

noddyholder Wed 13-Jul-11 12:59:26

I will also contact her

David34 Wed 13-Jul-11 13:26:50

noddyholder why do you post here?

Is there any point in having a forum where everyone just agrees with each other? It just makes feminists even more out of touch when no-one from the non-feminist world is allowed to challenge their views.

If you don't want to be viewed as extremist cloud-cuckoo landers, you must be prepared to argue with normal lay people. Otherwise what chance do you have in changing things for the better?

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