Post by DumbedDownUSA Post by larkim
You really think they'd be as simplistic as replacing the grid girls
like for like with kids?
No, hence my response to the topic. I don't think kids can replace
"grid girls". I think it is probably an unrelated topic.
I have now perused the article and see that I am right. It is bad
journalism and editing.
Post by larkim
Google the 2017 COTA grid girls. Just above NSFW.
How would a single event be an answer to "Are grid girls usually
scantily clad in recent seasons?"
If you want to cherry pick, try Malaysia or Abu Dhabi, Russia or
Bahrain... but I have noticed it is not just coutries with more modest
reputations that it is true for.
The point is that Grid Girls do not have to be, and often aren't,
scantily clad. That is not why they are being replaced, else a dress
code could solve that problem without anyone even noticing.
What they actually have in common is being models or airline workers.
Also, are they banning scantily clad models from the paddock, the
I see why you didn't answer in line.
I didn't answer in line because I was using the crap interface on my
Liberty own the presentation. They take a view that having, as part of
the pomp and ceremony prior to the race that they want to do away with an
approach which (whether or not I or many others like what's "on display")
they feel is more appropriate in 2018.
Across the different countries, various uniforms for the women acting as
grid girls have been on display. Plenty resembling airline cabin crew
uniform, and thus broadly "discrete" and certainly inoffensive, and also
plenty where there was something of a leer factor encouraged.
The common factor though was that women were there purely and simply because
their bodies, faces, figures, legs fitted an objectified standard of what
a model woman should look like. She is also doing a role which is broadly
passive, demonstrating no intellectual insight and with no apparent direct
connection to motorsport.
Getting rid of that to me seems 100% sensible.
As to what should replace them - I could live with 50/50 male female model
splits with only discrete and inoffensive clothing being worn. I know that
sexual attraction is a human nature trait, so can't ignore the fact that it
pleases my aesthetic to see attractive women, and plenty more spectators and
TV viewers would take the same pleasure in some attractive men on display.
But they don't need to have anyone replace them if they don't want to.
And instead they are saying to up and coming drivers "come along and we'll
find a way of including you in the parade stuff".
How on earth could anyone argue against that? It might create jobs overall
if you're concerned about the grid girls adding to unemployment statistics
(a laughable concept anyway) if we need paid, non-glamourous, adults to
facilitate the engagement of children on the grid etc, however trivial that
employment perspective might be!