Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Is Hooters Just Another Sports Bar?

Hubby likes to think so. The office admin team saw a Hooters charge on the master card as they were processing payables, and they started howling about it. At this point all of the women on the administrative staff are Christian of one flavor or another and so the Hooters visit did not go with out notice.

He argues that the fellas went for the hot wings and that Hooters is no different than any other sports bar, and that they are dressed as any other cheerleaders are dressed. I made the argument that the name alone is intended to focus the attention, and that their attire is a porn gateway, and that women can cheer and be attractively but modestly attired at the same time. Moreover, the choice of attire reduces the women to a collection of disjointed body parts to ogle, rather than a person deserving of respect as made in the image and likeness of God, and that he should mark this day in his memory because one day he would see my point. I also pointed out that his view point is heavily influenced by the media and the culture of the day which does not take into consideration God’s viewpoint on matters of human dignity.

He countered with “there is a time and a place for everything” and that to object to this attire in context and insist on modesty at all times is no different that a Baptist’s insistence that all consumption of alcohol is immoral. I told him I would take that argument under advisement and give the matter additional consideration. So I’ve been giving the matter some consideration and here’s what I’ve got.

First I’ve given consideration to the Cheech and Chong like environment Hubby was raised in as well as the daily e-mails sent by his Dad most of which contain women with out clothing of any kind. From that I am reminded of the base line of Hubby’s formation of continence in the context of his immediate family. From there I moved on to a consideration of Hooters itself.

I checked out Hooters web site this morning and I discovered that the NCAA has pulled a Hooters advertisement. Not to much was made on Hooters site about the issue, and there was a click thru to the add. I was very pleased to see that the NCAA used what in my mind is good judgment in pulling the ad. I then surfed the Hooters site a bit more and it’s obvious from a cursory glance that selling the girls is a much hotter topic than the wings, bringing the cheerleader argument to a close as far as I’m concerned. Hooters is selling a collection of body parts to ogle, and oh yea, by the way, since guys like sports we’ll have TV with sports on and we will sell wings and beer to munch wile ogling, I mean, um, watching the game.

My mission now is to beg the Holy Spirit to form me into a Christian woman actively engaged in the world who bares no resemblance to the church lady on SNL.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Louise said...

"Moreover, the choice of attire reduces the women to a collection of disjointed body parts to ogle, rather than a person deserving of respect as made in the image and likeness of God..."
I completely agree with your analysis. I've never been to a Hooters (and I never intend to go), but their advertisements alone betray what they're really selling (and as you pointed out, their name -- I guess with a name like Hooters, you're really not trying to hide anything). When I picture the ad in my mind, I can't recall what the food was on the plate, and I don't remember anything about the woman's face. Hooters' presentation of its waitresses completely disrespects their human and feminine dignity.

Anne Marie said...

Hi Louise:

Thanks for visiting my blog. A big part of what’s becoming apparent to me as I ponder these issues is the question of basic formation. What is the baseline from which we view the world? As I draw ever closer to Christ that baseline also draws closer to him and it most definitely shifts the lens through which I see the world.

It brings into focus how it is that Christians bring Christ to the world on a day to day basis.

Jennifer F. said...

I totally agree with your take here. You might find Christopher West's articles helpful when discussing this with your husband (here, here and here are some good ones).

Hooters is selling a collection of body parts to ogle.

That is so true.

Anne Marie said...


Thanks for the links, great stuff.

Now to get his attention long enough to read them, maybe in the car on the way to work.

BTW how do you link in your comments? Do you do it in word first?