On Thursday, 1 February 2018 04:52:15 UTC+2, ***@gmail.com wrote:
> The statement is quite specific, and seems to apply to the grid only.
> It also sounds like they're creating space for sponsors: "Formula 1 considers the time spent by teams and drivers on the grid before a race as one of celebration, where guests and various performers can add to the glamour and spectacle of the Grand Prix, enabling promoters and partners to showcase their countries and products."
> I don't see anything here that says that teams and sponsors can't drape scantily clad women all over their own hospitality areas. It would also leave room for Heineken to corner the market on the women who clap the men onto the podium.
As I have mentioned previously, a woman friend of mine used to be a marshal, quite a senior marshal, and her history includes being chief grid marshal at more than one US GP.
She made a comment to me that when she was on the grid, she was in overalls and anyway she doesn't have the looks that the grid girls have, but she was always shocked at the cat calling that was coming from the grandstands to the grid girls, and so she's very glad that this so-called tradition has been done away with, because women were getting some very uncouth treatment from spectators.
I also recall reading last year about the grid girls at Austin and the selection processes and the way the events are run. What was not said overtly but became clear was that they have to be chaperoned everywhere because at some point, some manly man type is going to make a pass or start propositioning.
There are men who cannot control themselves. Not a majority, though reading some of the comments on various F1 forums makes me wonder, but it's a problem.
Not just for F1! There was recently an international cricket match in NZ at which a woman was groped. When she protested she was called a dyke. The gropers then decided to have a go at the visiting team - Pakistan. Sexism, racism and homophobia all together.
My late brother in law was a rugby fan. The first time he took his son to a match, he spent nearly the entire time with his hands over the kid's ears because of the abuse that was being hurled at the visiting team and at the match officials. He didn't got to another match for some years, stayed at home and watched them on TV.
This is toxic masculinity. It's a high profile problem right now, and we should not be surprised to see these sort of restrictions introduced because people (not all of them, but enough of them) cannot control themselves and behave appropriately.