We went out to Hooters' 10th anniversary of its Manhattan restaurant, and while fellow Jezebellian Jennifer chatted up Hooters employees, video dude Alex Goldberg and I focused on the buffalo-wing-eating clientele, which was about 98% male (duh). We approached each guy and simply asked, "Wings or breasts?" Unexpectedly (or expectedly) most of them assumed we were talking about women, not chicken parts, and instead responded by naming which parts of the female body they most favor. The whole thing was reminiscent of feminist critic Carol J. Adams' book The Pornography of Meat, [Read it! -Ed.] which compares the packaging and selling of meat to that of women, arguing that, much like meat, women are consumed and marketed in parts. But yeah, I'm not really that shocked that a bunch of meat heads at Hooters would be a bit piggish. It's in their nature.
What exactly would wings refer to for a female body part? The arms?
This question is kinda confusing taken as a non-chicken question... no wonder the guys were like "Are those my only options?" Of course you'd think the confusion would lead them to realize it's a chicken question, but it's kinda hard to take boobies off a guy's brain.
I don't think these guys are overly chauvanistic (for guys that would actually attend a Hooters party, anyway). Even I would've had trouble making the chicken connection to that question, and if I did make the connection of course I would assume it's a clever pun about women's body parts due to the setting. If someone asked you "Meat or Balls?" or some dumb male body part pun like that as part of a video camera poll wouldn't you answer similarly (even if the question was actually referring the catering)? Girls are always saying shit like "I'm most attracted to a guy's eyes" or "smile" or "sense of humor" and crap like that. Maybe slightly less objectifying than "boobs" or "ass", but still, the nature of the question sets the responder up for failure, if you're expecting a non-shallow, non-objectifiying answer.
Or maybe that's just EVIL WOMEN'S MAGAZINES telling me that girls say that... oh crap... am I a media victim? LOL!