Wise County Chicken Express in Bridgeport sent the wrong message with their politically motivated sign.
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum
Sometime during April, Wise County watched as the Bridgeport Chicken Express displayed the following on their marquee:
Try the Hillary Special
Two fat thighs
Two small Breasts
And a left Wing!
Let’s forget about the political message—we don’t care to do business with Democrats—and look at the many, negative messages this sign sends our youth.
As many as 86 percent of American children are bullied at school. Later in life, children who were bullied suffer from poor self image and emotional problems, while children who bully others are at a greater risk of breaking the law. On-campus homicide and suicide have increased 500 percent in the past four decades.
Men are judged by their accomplishments; women by their thigh and breast size.
If a girl is born with the genetic predisposition to have full thighs or small breasts, there is little she can do about that other than dieting or surgery.
One in five women has an eating disorder, and up to 20% of those affected will die as a result. Ninety-five percent of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. Young women are literally dying to have thin thighs!
More than 360,000 women and teenagers underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged with silicone or saline implants in 2005. Any surgery involves risks; and since breasts implants have a shelf-life, all of those women will face at least one more surgery. The risks from implants increase over time and include ruptures, silicone migration, bacteria or mold that can grow in saline implants and escape into the body, cognitive problems, pain, hardening of implants, loss of sensation, and financial burdens from repeated surgeries.
John McCain has male pattern baldness over which he has no more control than Hillary has over her breast size. Maybe he has a small penis but I’m sure Chicken Express would never display a sign denigrating any man because of physical attributes over which he has no control.
The Chicken Express Message was clearly sexist, immature and irresponsible. By calling it sexist, some people may call me a feminist; and that’s alright as long as you don’t call me a doormat.
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. – Rebecca West
I hope that Wise County businesses will show more responsibility and give our children a better example to watch.
[o]ur children are watching us
They put their trust in us
They’re gonna be like us
So let’s learn from our history
And do it differently… ~ The Dixie Chicks, I Hope
If you would like to register your disgust:
The store that displayed the sign:
802 Hwy. 380
Bridgeport, Texas 76426
Their corporate headquarters:
Stuart Group, Inc. d/b/a Chicken Express
PO Box 1309
Mineral Wells, TX 76068
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Found your blog entry thanks to the link from capitolannex.com. I called the headquarters to register my complaint about the sign — the kind lady took my name and number. I didn’t need to go into details, I just said I was calling to complain about the sign in Bridgeport. As your posting notes, it’s not as much about the politics as it is about the negative signals it sends to our daughters — mine are 17 and 13, and my son, who I’m raising to respect women as human beings, is 11. Things like this are the reason I’ve taught them that the rights they take for granted could be lost in an instant — and that it’s their job to be vigilant for the sake of *their* kids.
Thank you, Robert! I’ve been on your site lots of times. Love those Chicks!
That signs pretty funny. Matches my shirt that my ex roommate bought me in College Station.
Anon 7:13: I’ll admit that initially I laughed but then I took a deeper look and it’s just not acceptable to disparage people because of their body parts.
That would never happen to a man with a small penis.
It’s just proof that men are threatened by strong, intelligent women; and I would expect no less from College Station, the armpit of Texas.
Hell, that would never happen to a man with a big penis. This entire country has so bought into the sexist mindset! Oh well, on to Indiana, at least she has wings!!
Mz B says
Thanks for catching this. I have called too…. theses people need to realize not everybody in this state is some right wing redneck asshole…