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Hooters: It’s Where You have a Hoot!

As my son and I walked through the  mall attempting to decide where to eat.  His eyes looked up at the bright orange sign and said, “Why don’t we give Hooters a try?”

I sighed, “Umm. Let’s go somewhere else that you might like to try!”

“Mom! Everybody says Hooters is the place where you have a hoot!”

“A hoot?”

“Yes! A hoot!

“Who says that?”

“I don’t know! I just heard it.”

His nine-year old eyes innocently looking up at me, “Can we go?”

“It’s not really a place to have a hoot. It’s just a restaurant. And I have heard the food is terrible.”

“But I want to try it!”

“How about you pick something else? And we can have ice cream afterwards?”

I know the great parental bribe! I have never pretended to be  above it. At the same time, it was my last attempt to change the subject. How did I explain to my son that I did not want to eat at Hooters because the woman were objectified in short shorts and low-cut tank tops. Was it really time for this conversation?

“Mom! Come on! Please! Please!”

If anyone was stubborn it was him and he wasn’t giving up!

“It looks fine. Can we go?”

And with that I diverted the subject, “Let’s have lunch later, and go check-out the skateboard shop.”

Crisis averted! But who knows for how long?

When is the right time to discuss the objectification of woman and sex? Can it be avoided? If so, for how long?


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16 replies

  1. Har! Go with what you feel. I don’t see any reason why you can’t give him a basic explanation of why you did not want to go in there. He will digest that, and maybe ask a question or two, maybe think on it a bit and ask the questions later.

    At nine, he is still young enough that he will say ‘yuch!’ to the prospect of sexy women… not many years left on that one, though. 😉 Four years from now, he could tease for Hooters, already knowing the details of its operation. Better to arm him with your pov, rather than the alternative.

    Haveth fun!

    1. LOL! In four years it will be torment! They will torment me about it!

      You are right – next time the subject comes up – instead of avoiding it! I should discuss it and then let him get icked out 😉

  2. Good idea! It is also likely he would ask his father to weigh in with an opinion. Hopefully his answer won’t earn him time on the sofa. 😉

  3. I think it’s not too early to talk about the basics of objectification of women, but explaining why Hooters is an issue seems like “out of the frying pan, into the fire”!!

    I have a harder time for some reason having this type of conversation with my son than I do my daughter. Personality is part of it, I know, but I think I may have responded in a similar way if I’d been in that spot with Bubba.

    Something to think about, for sure…thanks! 🙂

    1. I feel it is to early as well and opens another can of questions. I’m not sure I’m ready for 🙂

      Sometimes it’s best if we just let kids be kids. And leave the grown-up talk for later? But at the same time, I would rather discuss it with them instead of them learning on the school yard…How do we know when is the right time?

    1. He does but I’m very strict about what he plays – it’s pretty much G-rated from Super Mario to Indiana Jones Lego. I don’t really see any depictions of women in them except that I’m annoyed with Princess Peach. Why does there have to be a princess in everything?

      I think as he ages, an advances in what I allow him to play, then it would be a good time to open up the discussion 🙂

    2. As I read those final questions, I was baffled as to how I’d answer. This struck me as an excellent answer, since it (a) is tied to something clear and tangible (for easy/frequent references back) and (b) is in a comfortable, familiar place more easily controlled by you. For a first difficult conversation, this seems like a great starting point . . . when these characters start making an appearance!

      This is a really interesting question to ponder as mother of an almost two-year-old son. Thus far I hadn’t considered how this would be a conversation I’d someday have, but I’m glad for the early prompting.

      Nice save with the skateboard shop. 😉

      1. Thanks! It’s all about the diversion 😉 Hooters is one of those conversations that you can’t avoid especially when they notice it – every time we are at the mall. It’s just about finding the right time for when both of you to be ready. I just don’t know if I’ll ever be ready….

  4. I have several funny Hooters stories. 1) My elderly parents stopped there for lunch before coming to my house. They said it was a great lunch and the people were nice. Never thought anything of it. My husband thought that was hysterical. 2) We drove by Hooters everyday taking my kids to grade school. That owl is quite enticing to look at. My kids asked about the concept. I told them it was referring to women’s breasts and the waitresses wore shirts accentuating those assets. My MIL came to visit, and she removed her sweatshirt because she was warm and up came her shirt that was under the sweatshirt. Her bra also became visible. My young daughter probably 6 years old at the time exclaimed, “Hooters!” My MIL never laughed so hard in her life.

    I personally have never eaten there. My husband and son ate there once.They say the wings are good!

    1. LOL! I’ve never eaten there but I hear they have a great chicken fingers! I would chuckle to if I heard a child point and excalim “Hooters!”

      I think when I have this conversation my son will be mortified. But best to have it now then later after he learns from the school yard playground 🙂

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