UnderCover Waitress: Hooters Weight Probation

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hooters Weight Probation

If the idea of the Hooters so-called restaurant chain doesn't make you sick, perhaps the comments posted under Can Hooters waitress sue for weight discrimination will. If not, you must have an iron stomach.

Talk about misogyny. Two-year employee of Hooters was put on "weight probation." That is to say, lose weight or lose your job. Naive as I am, I actually thought we were past the weigh-ins at Delta Airlines in the 1970s. I guess some things never change.

Ready to serve chicken wings. 
I despise blaming the victim, but I have to say: if people refused to work at Hooters, the chain would fail. Of course, if people refused to eat at Hooters, the chain would fail. I understand that people need jobs and like I said, I don't want to blame the victim. The whole situation is a sad commentary on the human condition that females are commodities. And we Americans think we are so much better than other cultures in which women are not "liberated." That sound you hear is me gagging.
Highly offensive display of breast. (WTF?)

I see a lot of ignorance in the comments about what is protected and what is not. The person stating that sexual preference is not protected is incorrect. Addendum: Has been brought to my attention that federal law does not protect a worker from discrimination based upon sexual preferences, but that some states do. So, depending upon which of the fifty states you live in, your employer may be able to legally fire you over sexual preference. 

One comment describes the Hooter's waitress job description as big boobs, thin and cute. And yet, the comments under Mom's Restaurant is the Best Kind are hostile to nursing mothers and describe restaurant patrons being uncomfortable around a woman feeding her child. So, only show your boobs if you are trying to titillate men sucking down chicken wings. Stick a baby in front of your boob, and get out.

If you are interested in reading about "weigh-ins" and other emotional labor issues, read on of my favorite books, "The Managed Heart."


  1. You know, when the girls are hired they are informed of the expectations. They present a particular image and are expected to maintain it. You've had a lot of posts recently regarding Hooters and I cannot agree with all of it. While I do not (and would not) work there, their expectations for their employees are clear. You may not like it and you may not agree with it, but the employees there present a certain image. You should read a Hooter's Girl blog from time to time. According to Sauce is a great one. (accordingtosauce.com) I have more respect for the Hooters waitresses and I think you should too. Like I said, I wouldn't choose to work there, but I think you are leaning far too much towards the feministic standpoint. I'm all for women's rights, but seriously - I think you read way too much into things sometimes.

  2. I will start reading the blog written by the Hooters waitress; I think its good to read everything. We may have to agree to disagree on some points, but I do thank you for the feedback.

  3. I love both FMT and Hooters According to Sauce, they are both great industry bloggers who are obviously very intelligent, educated, and funny women.

    That being said, exactly how is a "feminist standpoint" a bad thing? The idea that defending women's rights is a "radical" thing that needs to be stamped out has been propagated by men who want to retain their superior position in society.

    The problem with Hooters isn't so much that they are taking advantage of stupid little girls - like FMT says, they know what's expected of them. The problem lies in those expectations themselves, and what they mean about the construction of gender in which women are given an inferior "object" position.

    Just my two cents: I don't think you're reading too much into things, Under Cover. In fact, it seems to me that you see what others miss - systemic and subtle oppression

  4. Hooters is such a difficult topic for feminism, I think, because any woman working there walks into their job fully aware of the expectations and limits that will be placed on them, including image standards and weight restrictions.

    I fully agree with FMT that you should check out Sauce's blog and get an inside understanding of how the restaurant operates and what goes on in the mind of the average Hooters girl during her shift. I think you might be surprised by it. I know I certainly was.

    That said, I feel like I would be remiss if I didn't address the idea that your stance, and Wyvv's, is feminist. I often struggle with the idea of feminism when it is used as a reason to condescendingly dictate to other women what their choices should be.

    In the cases of the women who work at Hooters or Twin Peaks, or even at a strip club, I think it is dangerous to make assumptions about whether or not they are being victimized by a system of objectification. Perhaps,they are the smartest feminists among us for seeing the system as one which is the controlling factor in most jobs and attempting to draw some power from deep within it.

    I think that is smart and worthwhile to question the male power system everywhere, but that it becomes a different thing entirely when we start making assumptions about the maturity and intelligence of the women who choose to work within it.


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