If Bob Elston just took his eleven-year-old to Hooters because they have great wings, we’d probably roll our eyes and move on. But the Virginia dad says he took his son to the restaurant full of scantily-clad waitresses to “see how he conducts himself around women.”
So, you wanted to make sure your son was on board with objectifying chicks before you told him to wrap that sucker?
To be frank, a visit to Hooters would not be on my top ten list. But for all its tackiness, it’s also not a strip club. An eleven-year-old is going to see an equal amount of skin at your typical seaside resort. Calling Elston a “pervert” for the move is a stretch.
But Elston still seems to have a warped view of parenting. Instead of sitting his kid down for a talk to gauge his interest in sexual topics, he took him out to check out some big boobies?
A cursory look at the story brings to head a homophobic outlook on life for starters. He doesn’t look at boobs, so therefore he’s not ready for the sex talk? Er, perhaps he just doesn’t find breasts attractive.
According to Elston: “If he drooled and couldn’t take his eyes of the waitress, then that would be an unmistakable cue to me to start preparing another birds and the bees talk. If he acted embarrassed and shy, then that would be a sign that such a pointed talk could wait a bit.”
Sorry Dad, that’s not quite how it works. It’s not beyond the realm of belief that he’s very interested, but he’s been raised (apparently by his mother) to have the good taste not to gawk. Or he’s an eleven-year-old boy who is simply uncomfortable with sexuality at this point – ultra curious, but still so young that he doesn’t know how to respond. And that means he feigns indifference?
Which isn’t the same as saying he’s not ready, Dad. It means he’s still eleven, and your job as a parent is to talk to your son and feel him out – not shove him into an uncomfortable situation and say sink or swim, boy.
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