Here is a story from MSNBC about a restaurant in Arizona with waitresses dressed up as scantily clad nurses. One of our nurses mentioned it to me and expressed her feeling that this was not only demeaning to the women in the restaurant but also to nurses and the nursing profession.
The owner says, “If anything, I think it glorifies nurses to be thought of as a physically attractive and desirable individual. There’s a Faye Dunaway, Florence Nightingale hipness to it. Nobody wants to think of themselves as some old battle ax who changes bedpans for a living.”
It goes without saying that this kind of place would never survive in Boston or indeed anyplace east of Minneapolis. (I hope! Tell me if you think I am wrong.) Even accounting for the free spirit of the wild West, I am having trouble with this one. Beyond the obvious pornographic aspects, it is demeaning to the profession and the people in it. The guy's comments just add to the insult.
You don't buy that? Think about it this way. Some guy habituates this place and gets used to seeing "nurses" in this outfit and flirting with them. Later, he is in a hospital for real. Does anyone out there think that he will not look at and regard the hospital nurses in the same way?