Feminist activism costs working class Formula One Grid Girls their jobs

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[…] There won’t be any so-called “grid girls” at the Australian Grand Prix this year.

Key points:

  • F1 says the practice is no longer appropriate or relevant today
  • Some have applauded the decision as a step in the right direction
  • Others who have worked as grid girls say they’ve been put out of a job by feminists

[…] Grid girls normally walk onto the track before the start of a race to stand in front of each driver and hold up their number.

They are usually dressed in tight uniforms.

[…]  F1’s managing director of commercial operations, Sean Bratches, said in a statement.

“While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms.

Modern-day societal norms! Give me a break. Any quick glance at either Hollywood or the music industry makes Grid girls look like Nuns.

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[…] The decision has been applauded by the Women’s Sport Trust, which aims to raise the visibility and impact of women’s sport.

It seems to me that this action has made the women invisible, not visible. What’s next? Cheerleaders?

“Thank you F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for,” the charity wrote on Twitter.

But some women who work as grid girls say they’ve been put out of a job by feminists.[…]

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Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:

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To paraphrase feminist activists, it’s their body, their choice. Why do some so-called feminists think that they can tell other women what they can and can’t do for a career?

 


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