Yay! Hooters closes!
Feminist threaded!? Wtf.
"The Bristol ‘breastaurant’, Hooters, closed this week. It was part of an American chain, whose USP is its scantily-clad waitresses. Prior to its opening in 2010, objections had been raised to the licence application. During the Council meeting which discussed it, an objector invited the councillors to imagine a similar restaurant in which men were employed on the basis of their physical characteristics; the Lord Mayor reprimanded him, saying "I think you are stepping over the bounds of decency." Interesting notion, and one which I developed a little here.
"It was not the campaign which ultimately closed the place, so much as market forces; though perhaps there is a cultural swing away from the notion that such a restaurant would be a place that you’d want to go, let alone take your children; a cultural swing which feminist activism might be helping to influence; it would be nice to think so. This did not stop a claque of pro-Hooters people descending upon the Bristol Feminist Network’s Facebook page, saying unpleasant things- you know, the usual "you’re humourless feminists, and you’re only jealous because you couldn’t get a job there and you’re all lezzers anyway…".
"In a couple of cases, the hostility spilled over into actual threats, focused on Sian Norris, a BFN spokeswoman.The threats have been recorded, and action is being taken. Sian wrote about this in the Guardian yesterday.
"My small contribution was helping monitor the hostile comments; the second capture contains this exchange:
RM: I hope someone kicks her in the vagina
BDA: Shall we?”
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