I don't know if the majority of the women who express outrage at how the young, attractive Ms. Ebbert dresses are overweight and unattractive.
However, the Hooter's connection reminded me of something that happened in San Antonio in July 1994. The national vice-president of NOW (National Organization for Women) chained herself to a railing outside of the Hooter's restaurant on the San Antonio Riverwalk as a protest. The local paper published her photo and she was definitely overweight, and in my opinion most unattractive.
But women have a choice to work or not work at Hooter's, knowing what it entails. And we have a choice to fly or not fly on Southwest, knowing that if someone, man or woman, overweight and unattractive or fit and hot, complains about our attire then we are subject to ridicule, lecture and removal from the flight.
I'm flying to Albuquerque on Thursday, and will NOT be flying Southwest.
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I took the advice of Bian Lusk at the beginning of this blog and read the comments of one of the Today Show's co-producers, Dan Fleshner. Here's a quote:
"Southwest did, in fact, let her take the flight, but apparently not without embarrassing her and making a scene. It seems like unless there was a particular incident or complaint from other customers, then she should have been allowed to fly without any issues."
I think Southwest overreacted in what they did, and underreacted by not publicly apologizing. Southwest has lost my future business. I'll be flying ExpressJet from now on.
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