Do you think it's wrong to take kid(s) to Hooters?
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Sarah - posted on 01/18/2010
I don't think its a family restaurant, I see it as a sports bar where guys can go to flirt with the girls and show off to their friends. I wouldn't take my children to it, I want my daughter to grow up with good self esteem and healthy body image.I think taking her to a place were all the girls are a certain weight, were most of the men a leering at them, send a bad message to girls, just like what the medial and mags shove in our faces everyday. Guy friends that go say that the girls ask guys to "spank" them and have wet tee shirt contests! It's not about what they wear its about what it represents.
"women objectifying themselves "."watching boobs popping out of shirts walking around" HOOTERS have an owl on their logo! I've seen more w/o large breasts than with.Waitresses are wearing tshirts,shorts...not t-back panties---what century are some of you living in?
Medic - posted on 01/19/2010
Ok my girlfriends and I love to eat at Hooters. We go without our men, good wings, good games, and we know some of the staff. I also don't think that saying younger moms don't think about the affect that our decisions have on our kids because that is such an over generalization. My son has been there but I believe he was an infant. If he happened to be with us when we went I would take him. Lastly I went to Hooters as a child and I suffer no image issues from it and god knows I don't look like them.
Bethany - posted on 01/18/2010
There are plenty of other restaraunts to take a child too, so I really don't see why a parent would want to take their child there anyway. The Hooters girls are dressed like that to attract business (mostly of the male kind). As they say "Sex Sells". I think their food is terrible and so do most of my guy friends.........they will admit they go there to see the half naked women. It's not just their boobs hanging out by the way!
The beach is an appropriate place to be dressed half naked not a restaraunt so you can't really compare it to that. If you personally wore your bikini to most restaruants I guarantee you would be asked to leave for being innapropriately dressed.
I have no problem with Hooters and adults going there, but I don't think it's appropriate for a child. We see innappropriate things all over this world, that doesn't mean we should expose our children to it if we can possibly help it.
They aren't dressed that way by accident!
I do agree with Shannon though. Guys can get really aggressive there and treat these women disrespectfully. I wouldn't want to take my son to a place where i know this could go on and think it's okay to treat women this way. Children are very impressionable. Yes they may see it many other places they go, but it is almost a guarantee they will see it here so why not just avoid it.
Jenn - posted on 01/21/2010
I think it's wrong to take children there, yes! It's for grown men.. not children. Why would anyone want to bring their child there is beyond me. I have twins, a boy and a girl, and I would never bring them there. I don't need my 6 year old son watching boobs popping out of shirts walking around him. I don't need my 6 year old daughter seeing these girls walk around like that, flirting w/ men or getting disrespected by men. If you like hooters that much, make it for a night w/ out your kids. It actually disgusts me when I see children there.
Also, don't compare this to the beach. Children are innocent and know that everyone there is wearing a "bathing suit" just like them b/c they're on the beach and in water. Totally different!
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Starfish - posted on 08/26/2011
I'm totally fine with it. Yeah, the waitresses are dressed skimpy, but no more so than half the people I see in the mall, what with the oh-so-tasteful bootyshort trend (blue jean panties are not real shorts y'all). So, if they're going to see it anyway, then they can see it while I devour some fried pickles. Nomnomnom.
Amber Lynne - posted on 01/22/2010
I have never been, but have been told that it's not as bad as it's reputation. However; I don't feel it's an appropriate restaurant simply b/c of what it represents. Most folks don't go merely for the food. If they did, the waitresses wouldn't dress as they do. The main draw is the the girls, and the good food is a good bonus. Not something I think of as a message I want to send my kids.
Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010
I would not take my kids to Hooters, especially because I have young daughters. I don't have a problem with the concept of the restaurant (although I personally think it's tacky) there are just some things I don't want my girls to be exposed to now, and women objectifying themselves is one of those things.
Megan - posted on 01/20/2010
I haven't been to one as I live in Australia but I have read some of the comments. All I can say is that you have to go with your gut feeling, if you don't feel 100% about it then I porbably wouldn't go if you feel relaxed and comfortable then go for it. I wouldn't be worried about what other people think and as for the comments about children becoming womanizers well I take it they never take their children to pools or beaches.........
Johnny - posted on 01/20/2010
I wouldn't. But it's more because my daughter will see those knockers and try to latch on and nurse. She's done that before to women in low-cut, super revealing tops. I find it quite hilarious, but somehow, they seem to think it's gross. But hey, don't advertise if you don't want to attract attention!
And besides, the food there sucks!
Brandi - posted on 01/20/2010
absoulutley not!! hooters is a family place, true enough they are known for the name, but the girls really arent what they are made out to be, most of them are young & flat chested, I dnt think there is anything wrong with taking your kids to hooters!
i'm starting to wonder if some of you have ever seen a Hooters waitress. some one said they have wet t-shirt contests....um...the owner said that doesn't happen at the restaurant. if you've never been to a Hooters please don't reply to my question....that would be a big help
Lisa - posted on 01/19/2010
Jennifer, honey, obviously you have never been to a Hooters. I don't care what state or city you live in, it is NOT a strip bar! Just for clarification...it IS a resturaunt...the waitress' wear shorts and a tank top. At any time during your visit, the clothes do NOT come off. I just don't understand how this is a big deal, unless the parent makes it a big deal.
Jasmine - posted on 01/19/2010
The thing to know is that it's only a big issue IF you as the parent make it an issue. There are so many more things our kids should be sheltered from in this world, rather than a girl with cleavage showing. The girls at Hooter's get big tips for showing off a small portion of their body but in reality, you don't see anything there that you don't see on girls around town in the summer or on a beach, sooooo with that said, NO its not a big deal about taking your kids to Hooters. You pick and choose your battles with your kids and Hooters shouldnt be one of them.
Ann - posted on 01/19/2010
I think it is inappropriate for some ages. I guess you could it rate it like a pg 13 movie. But then again you see people walking around dressed like that all the time. I've never been in one but was picking someone up from one and from what i saw, Some of the girls were wearing short shorts. You could see their butts, Not something i want to look at or my kids while we eat.
Tammy - posted on 01/18/2010
First let me say that I loooooove the hot wings!!! I've been to Hooters in Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Texas and Georgia and what I have learned is that ALL Hooters are not the same. I always wondered what the big deal was myself, as most of the Hooters that I've visited simply had girls in short shorts and tight T-shirts, some a little more revealing than others, but nothing I don't see at the Mall or walking down the street. BUT, the Hooters I visited in Texas was a LOT different than the others I visited. The clothing there was far more "not there" than what I had seen at other restaraunts. So, many of us may have different perspectives because we have different experiences.
In terms of your questions, I've taken my son and my daughter to Hooters and we all love the wings. We don't live there, but we've been a few times and my kids are grown now and have no long term damage. (heh, not from Hooters anyway.) BUT, I would like to add that I would not have taken them to that Hooters in Ft. Worth.
So to each their own I say. It's up to us to decide what's best for our own kids. If you don't have a problem with it, that's what matters.
Charlene - posted on 01/18/2010
Christi.. are you serious?! You think Veronica's son is going to grow up to be a womanizer because he grabbed a woman's tush when he was 18 months old?
Get a grip.
The only really provocative part of their outfit is their shorts.. and I don't know about the rest of them, but at the Hooter's near us their shorts aren't any shorter than what a lot of girls wear in the summer time. As for the food, I've never actually eaten there but I have heard that they have some pretty good food.
Ehn.. I don't really go there myself, but I don't think it's wrong to go there to eat with your kids if you want.
Samantha - posted on 01/18/2010
Honestly....The clothes the girls wear at Hooters aren't that provocative. It's the idea of Hooters that makes it provocative ((if you follow what im trying to say)). Children don't necessarily understand why they call the restaurant "hooters". The only thing that may be a little "provocative" about their outfit are their shorts -- but i mean their tank tops aren't spaghetti straps, they aren't LOW cut, they wear pantie hose with high scrunch socks and sneakers! I can see the concern of taking a child there because the men can get vulgar -- so sit inside, or where the bar isn't. I live by the beach, and most of the "family" restaurants on the beach have the same type of uniform for their girls to wear. I understand the point "why purposely go somewhere like that when you have so many other options" but honestly..thats like asking why go to Outback Steakhouse for steak when you can go to Fridays. Hooters is known for their wings, just like Outback is a steakhouse. You can't censor your child too much, when they get old enough to understand what "hooters" and "boobies" are and when they can put two and two together, then they will most likely be old enough to explain that their outfits aren't what women normally wear, and possibly ((not in depth)) the idea behind them. It is what you make it, if you make a big deal about what the girls wear, or what hooters really are, then your child is going to pick up on it. Yes, i go there (and i have gone there with just my girlfriends), i like their wings, and i dont think anything of what the girls are wearing, neither does my husband, we see less clothes on people walking through the mall, and guess what..whether our child sees it at hooters or in the mall, they are still going to say "mommy, why is that girl dressed like that"...or they will learn what boobies are in school from one of their friends. At the end of the day, its up to you. :)
Heather_nichole77 - posted on 01/18/2010
This is a funny subject..lol. I'm not sure that I would make it a common family outing, but I don't see that it is a big deal to take your kids to Hooters. But the reason I wanted to respond to this question is because I know someone who has twin boys who were probably about 3 at the time. They went to hooters and Will says "Mommy, why do that waitwess have her undawayas on?" Of course it has been a story retold many times...but from a 3 year olds perspective...He thought she had her underwear on..hmm..
Christi - posted on 01/18/2010
i had my son at 20 and i would never be caught dead in a place like that. i really think people need to take a step back. you are introducing your children to sexuality, this is the reason we have 14 year old children have babies! really, wtf. and the woman that said that is were her son grabbed his first tush, that is sick! you son will grow up to be a womanizer. i just can't believe the overwhelming number of people that think letting your young, IMPRESSIONABLE children see half naked women, it is disgusting! no, my son will not be sheltered, but he sure as hell will not go out to places that encourage immoral behavior!
Janelle - posted on 01/18/2010
Yes I totally agree Kellie, it does seem to be an age thing. I was a mother for the first time at 20yrs old and didn't give anything too much thought or consideration I was more in the moment kind of mother. Now years later we've had two more children and are both so much more aware of the messages we are sending to our children, and what it is that we will not allow to be "normalised" in the eyes of our children. Again thats only my opinion.
Good for you Amber for asking the question and putting some thought into it!!
Kellie - posted on 01/18/2010
It seems the subject is divided by age group. You younger moms seem to think there's no problem while the "older" of us think that maybe its crosses the line of inappropriate. Maybe I am stereotying but aren't the men the ones that suggest hooters and we women go along? Not one time has any of my girlfriends suggested we go to Hooters for girls night out. And I am totally not buying that it's a family restaurant. Chucky Cheese, CiCi's or Ground Round are family restaurants. If it's really the wings you like, order take out and picnic at home. I feel you are asking the question because either you disagree with someone who thinks it's ok, or someone disagrees with you for thinking its ok. Either way as the parent it is important we send the right kind of messages to our children. Like they are more than a pretty face and big rack and that their men should respect them by not oggling the waitress and checking out her a.. But that's just my opinion.
Christine - posted on 01/18/2010
i cant really say that its a bad thing...because when my daughter bryttny was 19 months old we had to take her to children's mercy in kanas city missouri...she had to have a birth mark removed from under her left eye...when we were done her dad asked her if she wanted to go to Chuckie Cheese or Hooters...because they were right next door...well at that time owl's were her thing and so we took her to Hooters...and then about 2 weeks later we went to a harley bike rally where her and her daddy got pics with the hooter chicks...so is it wrong...it is but it isnt...its just up to you and your partner...if its a bad thing or not...and then back at the end of June my boyfriend, his twin brother,my bfs daughter and some of our friends and i went to hooters after a demo derby...i was 4 month pregnant at the time...so honestly i dont think its wrong because its just a restaraunt...but it all depends on you...i wouldnt listen to other people its their opinions...i would stick to what you think...thats all that matters when it comes to YOUR kids...
Amanda - posted on 01/18/2010
Not at all, but then I don't understand why you can't take little ones into the bar with you. I'm sure that children see worse one the street, I know I do. As for the stripper references, I know alot of strippers that have their own children, and would be offended that you're comparing them to waitresses. Children see boobs alot more than parents think, they're everywhere. I was raised with the theory that boobs are boobs, no big deal. Whether you use them to make a living or feed your child they're the same thing.
Firebird - posted on 01/18/2010
My older sister got a Hooters t-shirt when she was 12!lol I've never been there though, never had the chance really. If the food's good, I'd take my kid... but if the food sucks, then there isn't much point. A restaurant's a restaurant.
Bethany - posted on 01/18/2010
If it's so acceptable than why don't MOST restaraunt wiatresses dress this way? It's not intended for children. They dress that way for adults!
Please stop comparing it to the pool or beach. It is appropriate to wear that stuff at the beach and pool not at a child friendly restaraunt!!!
Stacey - posted on 01/18/2010
well i have 3 boys and i drought them there....i dont really think its wronge when you hide things from them and they find out other ways you tend to wish you would have been the one to introduce them to it cause then you could have at least gave them knowledge behind the introduction
I take mine all the time. I love hooters it was my main craving while pregnant (pickle chips with ranch) and I have a couple friends that work there,
I live in florida and I see people wearing less clothing at walmart and the mall so its no big deal to me.
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