Hooters is making headlines because a 5’8″, 132 pound server was told, during her performance review, to lose weight. It was the “uniform evaluation” portion of the performance review, which is presumably when they critique your body and then threaten to fire you. Lovely.
[She was told] she would be given a free gym membership and had 30 days to improve, and if she did not, she would be separated from the company. The company’s uniforms are offered in small, extra small and double-extra small.
“Our practice of upholding an image standard based on appearance, attitude and fitness for Hooters girls is both legal and fair. It is not unlike the standard used by the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders or the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.”
I’m not even sure what, as a feminist, to think about Hooters qua Hooters. That level of objectification of women is just gross, but do women know what they’re signing up for when they choose to work there? Is this story only a story because the woman is clearly not overweight? What if she were? Or are you like Michael Scott and my friends Carrie and Brian, who love the hot wings? What do you guys think?
Via @RevoltRealWomen on Twitter.
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