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What? An Interview: How Scantily Clad Waitresses Feel About Sexism

What? An Interview: How Scantily Clad Waitresses Feel About Sexism

So we've had a couple op-eds about gender equality in recent weeks stemming from video games to marketing. But funny enough, on a random Tuesday night, a buddy of mine goes "Dude, it's lingerie night at Twin Peaks, let's go!" So being a Dude, I said sure, why the hell not? I like beer and I certainly like scantily clad, beautiful women. So we're drinking, eating, having a good time, talking to these girls, and it hit me. Why not ask these girls how they feel about this stuff? So follow me down this rabbit hole and take from it what you will.

1. Granted it's the Twin Peaks Victoria Secret's Angel Fashion Show tonight, but on a regular basis you're asked to bare skin and exploit sex appeal to earn your "living". How do you handle this?

Generally it doesn’t bother me with today’s fashion. However, when people are disrespectful to me , then it bothers me. Some customers think it’s ok to get “handsy” with how I’m dressed, but that’s not okay. So it really depends on the level of respect I receive.
— Bree
You have to draw certain boundaries for yourself. Some girls are comfortable being touched, I’m not, I have my own rules. Women have a ton of power. They can get on stage and be images of beauty, almost akin to art. Beauty is power, and when used in the right way it can be rewarding. If you’re in college, I don’t see anything wrong with using your looks to make some extra money to get through school.
— Kitty

2. Working in what some would consider an "exploitive" or "sexist" environment, how do you view sexism in pop culture or the use of sex appeal to sell music, video games, and movies?

It brings in people, if they have the money they’ll spend it. Using sex appeal is just a marketing ploy to get people in the door.
— Julia
Sex is something that every nationality, everyone on earth can relate to. Companies have to use things that everyone can relate to on global level to sell their products. It’s similar to violence, violence is apart of every culture. It doesn’t reflect on what you should do, but it is a release to go into a video game or movie and not suffer consequences for that behavior. I don’t think it trains that behavior, it just provides a good release.
— Kitty

3. Some would consider working for establishments like TP/Hooters/Bikini's akin to gentlemen's clubs or other adult entertainment venues. If applicable, how do you handle the "stigma" associated with this market?

It offends me. At the end of the day, we’re still a restaurant. We’re not providing other “services”, we’re serving drinks and food.
— Bree
I’m down for showing skin. There ain’t no stigma.
— Tiffany
I personally used to cocktail at two strip clubs before working at Twin Peaks. I was asked to dance, but it’s against my personal rules. I would’ve made more money, but it’s not who I am. Working at these restaurants, it’s just a better environment. In strip clubs you’re surrounded by sex and drugs, and these restaurants are just safer.
— Kitty

4. What reaction do you get when you tell people what your job is and how do you feel about it?

When I first started I’d get a lot of dirty looks. But now that the restaurant has grown, even our female clientele has grown. We’re being accepted more as a restaurant, and not as a “dirty” or “sleezy” venue.
— Bree
Depends on their age, but I don’t give fuck about their opinion.
— Tiffany

5. What was your reason for working at Twin Peaks and did the nature of the job matter to you?

I applied as a joke, so it didn’t matter to me. At first I didn’t realize what I was getting into, but I’ve learned quite a few important skills dealing with people and the industry working here.
— Bree
Needed to pay the bills. At first it really bothered me, my family background made this a real no-no, but I’ve learned to deal with it.
— Julia

6. Do you abuse the inherent sex appeal of your job to gain more tips, etc, or do you just let it happen?

I just let it happen, if you end up trying to abuse it, you develop that “dirty/sleezy” attitude in customers. If someone comes in a lot I might get more social with them, but random people I don’t know who try to hug or touch me, I’ll end up throwing a high five their way.
— Bree
Of course I abuse it. Making a guy feel special by a pretty girl is the reason he comes here. It’s almost like taking money from a baby.
— Kitty

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