Saturday, September 8, 2007

Speaking of feminism

This has been in the news lately:
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/09/07/costello.mini.skirt.cnn

In short, a woman boarding a Southwest Airlines flight, was told her outfit was inappropriate. Uhh, so I looked at this outfit, not that it matters. It doesn't really matter what she was wearing for the purposes of this discussion. But I looked at the outfit anyway, and its not anywhere near inappropriate. Do they also ask men to change their outfits if their bellies are hanging over their belts? Or if their butt cracks are showing? This is so blatantly sexist, its unbelievable, and Southwest should be sued.

Moreover, why exactly does CNN's coverage add that she is a Hooters waitress. What does that have to do with anything. What sexist coverage! Southwest can consider itself boycotted by this blogger.

1 comment:

knobody said...

of course, southwest isn't a government institution. as a private company they have the right to determine who can and cannot use their service. the contract one enters into when one purchases a ticket clearly states "F. Comfort and Safety - Carrier may refuse to transport or remove from the aircraft at any
point any passenger in the following categories as may be necessary for the comfort or safety of such passenger or other passengers:
(1) Persons whose conduct is or has been known to be disorderly, abusive, offensive, threatening, intimidating, or violent, or whose clothing is lewd, obscene, or patently offensive;" (http://www.southwest.com/travel_center/coc.pdf). of course, i agree that it's a subjective criterion and what she was wearing in the video clip seemed reasonable to me, but i don't own the airline.

then again, you also have a right to show the world that someone at southwest was acting like a prude asshat. i believe in individual liberty, and that includes a person or company's right to act like a prick. but that also includes someone else's right to call them on it.