Boy, people sure have a lot to say about women who serve coffee in bikinis. Today’s story about two new bikini barista coffee shops — Java Girls at Spruce and Herndon avenues and the soon-to-open Pink Pantherz at Shaw and Brawley avenues — is inspiring all kinds of debate. (Seriously, 120+ comments on the Bee’s Facebook page alone.)
But there’s one side conversation that keeps coming up: Why don’t we have coffee shops with men in Speedos serving coffee? Or as one Facebook commenter so passionately put it:
WHY HAVE NONE OF THESE OWNERS HIRED HOT GUYS TO RUN AROUND SERVING COFFEE TO WOMEN?!?!?! am I the only one that sees a blown opportunity??!!
They do exist, but not here. There are a lot of nuances to this question, such as would women want to be served coffee by nearly naked men? What would the baristas wear? What does the lack of these businesses say about how society views women and their bodies?