I read this article from an older female journalist in the UK who was appalled by the Hooters restaurant. She got a lot of backlash in the comments from people who said things like
“it’s the choice of those waitresses to work there, no one is forcing them.”
In part of her article she talks about how in the late 70’s she interviewed a playboy bunny at a Playboy club and asked what it was like to be the last of a dying breed now that society is focusing on equality for women and equal rights. Then goes on to say that 20-30 years later women are once again playing that role of sex object to men professionally.
If you ask me, this will never go away completely. I’ve become a big fan of evolutionary psychology. In ep, you try to understand why people do things. It’s the whole nature versus nurture debate and ep tends to fall into the nature side of that debate.
It’s like “why do many women like girly things and why do many men like manly things?” Is it because society has programmed us to be that way? Partially. But realisitically you have to go even deeper than that and ask, why did society choose to program us that way? Where did it really begin and why?
This is what really strikes me. Throughout the history of the world most men have been men and most women have been women. Thousands of years. Maybe we are that way because that is our nature? Stereotypes are usually born out of some truth.
The truth is, young sexy women like the attention of men and men like to give it to them. This is our nature. The more we deny it, the worse off we’ll be.
What we’re seeing today is the reverse of the feminist movement that happened in the 70’s. Or rather not the reverse but the refinement. Where today’s young women are saying “Thanks feminist movement for identifying me as a human being with equal rights, but now that I have them, I chose to be a woman, I don’t want to play the role of a man. I want to be beautiful and sexy and get married in a white dress and maybe even just be a housewife or maybe not. I want the choice.”
This only makes sense to me. Obviously this journalist is an older professional woman who probably grew up in the heart of the feminist movement of that time and can’t help but be shocked by how young woman are acting these days. To her I’m sure she probably feels like all that effort by feminists was wasted. But it wasn’t. It played a crucial role. It sent out a message. But ultimately nature will win.