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I'm the sort of person who'd be normally have nothing to do with Hooters.  Their lone San Francisco location sticks out like an archaic sexist relic, situated solely to pull in Fisherman's Wharf tourists from other parts of the country and provide solace to bridge-and-tunnel post-frat kids who failed to pick up women at North Beach clubs.

However, my friend's employer found her one of the few remaining hotel rooms in Las Vegas for CES, and she offered me the spare bed -- at the Hooters Hotel and Casino. 

I sheepishly told the taxi attendant where to take me, and he shouted it to the driver as I stood there slightly mortified.  I'm That Douchebag who booked a room at Hooters.

However, within a few hours I realized that Hooters is actually one of the least sexist hotels on the Las Vegas strip.  Let's review:

Women working the casino floor as most casinos wear some minimal sparkly (and probably itchy) uniform that covers just enough of the naughty bits to make them street legal.  They also walk around all day in sparkly and undoubtedly uncomfortable super-high heels serving drinks to gamblers.  Some casinos now have pole dancers strategically placed at the blackjack tables to distract the gamblers. 

At Hooters, the women wear either a tight-but-skin-covering t-shirt or some black-and-white striped shirt, and shorts.  They wear white sneakers.  They don't have to pole-dance.  Overall, their required dress and behavior is quite tame by Vegas standards.  They have a more relaxed down-home southern atmosphere compared to the rest of Vegas's often pretentious glitz.

Their famous chicken wings consisted primarily of corn syrup and batter.  The chicken breast sandwich I opted for instead was sliced 90% of the way and then flipped so that it formed a pair of breasts.  They do handle their branding reasonably well. 

Not everything is always as it seems.  Sometimes up is down, and sometimes Hooters is the least sexist place around.

Date: 2011-01-12 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
my favorite place to hang out in all of vegas (and i hate vegas but had to go every year for work) is the piano bar in new york new york. there's also a super-cheesy hotel/casino on the strip (imo) right next door to ny-ny called excalibur. hidden in the back over by this wall of tvs is a big bar where the bartenders tend to be punny assholes who dress poorly. but! they give you sharpies and paper and let you draw pictures and sayings and shit and the best ones they hang all over the bar.

maybe it's because i'm not a gambler, i don't take in shows, and i consider the food to be overpriced shit compared to what i'm accustomed to, but vegas just isn't for me. if i liked vegas i'd have hung out in times square more often. so perhaps that's why i tried to find other creative ways to occupy my evenings.

oh and also? being surrounded by chicks who look like they're made out of plastic doesn't help much. i've actually had girls make fun of me for being ugly and frumpy and fat as if i wasn't sharing the same elevator with them. god i hate vegas. at least the hooters girls get to wear sneakers and cotton/spandex blends. i bet that's considered frumpy too.


Date: 2011-01-12 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The plastic chicks are in the uncanny valley. Don't let them bother you. :-)

Date: 2011-01-13 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sparkle, sparkle! Does sparkle = sexism, or pretentious glitz? ;)

Date: 2011-01-13 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sparkle is definitely pretentious glitz, unless it's made of diamond dust, in which case it's just glitz! Continuing the thought-experiment, adding sparkle to skimpy clothing enhances objectification as well.

Date: 2011-01-13 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sure. And... sometimes it's just pretty. Or shiny. Or interesting art.

Date: 2011-01-14 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

(and then Freud steps in, and laughs "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar")

Date: 2011-01-14 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Huh. Think that might also apply to vajazzling, despite its being billed in kind of the opposite way?

Date: 2011-01-14 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh God. Never speak of vajazzling again. :P


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