A branch of the American restaurant chain ‘Hooters’ is planned to open in Mary Ann Street in Cardiff, close to the Cineworld complex.
Cardiff Feminist Network has launched a campaign to say no to this sexism, objectification and exploitation. The online community of feminists in Cardiff hotted up yesterday in response to the news that Hooters could open.
A branch could bring with it antisocial behaviour, particularly from large stag parties who have caused problems in the only other restaurant in the UK in Nottingham, as well as the spreading of the sex industry in the city.
More of a concern is what Hooters could expect from the women of Cardiff who could potentially be employed as ‘Hooters Girls’. In other branches they have to sign a contract that requires them to consent to sexual harassment; it reads “I hereby acknowledge and affirm that the Hooters concept is based on female sex appeal and that the work environment is one in which joking and innuendo based on female sex appeal is commonplace.” Worst case scenario would be a rise in the reporting of sexual harassment in Wales, as has happened in other areas in the US where Hooters have opened.
Many of the 183 members of Cardiff Feminist Network have pledged to write to the licensing department to raise objections. The campaign has also led to a rise in membership.
Sally Hughes says that ‘It is great to know that there are so many people in Cardiff who are passionate about this issue. The next step will be a protest outside City Hall on Wednesday, the deadline date for objections. What we need now are as many people who are resident in the area to join our campaign.’
In response to Cllr Simon Pickard: Does Cardiff really want to be ‘fairly tacky’ – look at the investment in the St Davids 2! Variety is great, using sex to sell food, not so great. The objectification of women is not taken seriously enough in our society. Does mass market consumerism take precedence over the values that support women and family life in Wales?
Hooters turns women into sex objects – not in my city thank you – join the campaign on Say No to Hooters in Cardiff on Facebook!