Candace’s Human Ethology Assignment

Location: Hooters

Date: Feb. 18, 2013

Environment: Typical Hooters restaurant

Focal Sampling Notes

  • Young man wearing grey hoodie and camo hat.
  • Drinking bud light platinum
  • Watching basketball game on the television on the wall
  • Talking to young Hooters girl
  • Seemed uninterested and responded to the things he had to say with boredom

Scan Sampling

  • Older men watching athletic, blonde Hooters girl. She did not appear to be his waitress and ignored him whenever he spoke to her.

Analysis

With the focal sampling, I saw very little. I observed the boy speaking to the girl. He appeared to be interested in her and also disheartened by her lack of interest. She mostly sat there, just shaking her head in boredom whenever he spoke. She also twirled her hair around her fingers like she was anxious. All in all, the sample yielded few results.

The scan sampling was much more productive. The group sat in the back of the restaurant. It included an older man who appeared very interested in a young, athletic looking, blonde Hooters girl who was waitressing at some tables nearby. She was however, not the waitress for the table that the group was sitting at. I noticed that every time that the girl would walk by, the man would attempt to speak to her. Rather than approach his table to see what he wanted, the girl would walk right past him on her way to one of her own tables. She would barely even acknowledge his existence. The man was persistent in his efforts to get the girl to approach his table, but she showed no interest whatsoever during the time that I was observing them. During this time the other men at the table were giggling and talking in lower voices. I was unable to hear what they were saying, but it seemed to me that they were goading him on in his pursuit of the blonde girl. I found this all very interesting because the girl behaved in a much different manner with the people whose waitress she actually was. With them, she was talkative and appeared interested. It seemed to me that the difference in behavior had something to do with the fact that she would actually make money off of her own tables, whereas the man’s money would go to the waitress assigned to his table. The girl was exchanging a show of interest for monetary gain.

Author: Johnna Dominguez

Johnna Dominguez earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Studies and Body Politics from the University of Alabama's New College in May 2011. In her senior thesis, Johnna explored the embodiment of identity through sexuality and sports by observing and studying Alabama football fans and participants in the local burlesque troupe, the Pink Box Burlesque. In her Master's thesis, she is investigating the psychological and physical stresses associated with southern women who get tattoos. After completing her Master's in Anthropology, she hopes to return to school for a Master's in Public Health.

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