ATLANTA, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles,Washington Bureau) –
Forty-seven states, DC and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow moms to breastfeed in any public or private location. Two of the remaining states — South Dakota and Virginia — exempt breastfeeding moms from public indecency or nudity laws, and Idaho is the only state that has yet to pass any similar laws.
Despite these laws, we often hear about stories of moms who are given a hard time for breastfeeding in public, often asked to cover up or leave restaurants, malls, even churches because they’re nursing.
In support of moms breastfeeding in public, the American restaurant chain Hooters has announced that it will go ‘topless.’
Hooters, Inc. is the trade name of two privately held American restaurant chains: Hooters of America, Incorporated, based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Hooters, Incorporated, based in Clearwater, Florida. The Hooters name is a double entendre referring to both its owl logo, a bird known for its “hooting” calls, and an American slang term for human breasts popularized by comedian Steve Martin on the hit comedy series Saturday Night Live.
Hooters is a restaurant whose wait staff are primarily attractive young women, usually referred to simply as “Hooter Girls”, whose revealing outfits and sex appeal are played up and are a primary component of the company’s image.
Beginning August 1, which happens to be the start of breastfeeding awareness month in the U.S., Hooters’ wait staff will go completely topless. Consequently, all 460 plus Hooters locations and franchises will be off limits to customers who are under 21 years old.
“Breastfeeding is not only a healthy practice with tremendous nutritional benefits to babies; it’s also nothing to be ashamed about or ridiculed in private or in public,” a statement from the Hooters Atlanta headquarters said.
Moms interviewed by The Adobo Chronicles expressed overwhelming approval for the Hooters move.
As for the dads? One reaction from a 48-year-old father of three kids, including a 6-month-old baby: “I can’t wait!”