Formula One’s ‘grid girls’ have been banned from the 2018 season.
These sexy young women — who have traditionally been a fixture of the racing scene — didn’t perform any ostensible function that actually has any impact on the sport, but simply stood trackside, presented the odd trophy and gave male punters something pretty to look at while the cars were at the other end of the track.
According to Formula One spokesman Sean Bratches, the practice of employing grid girls has gone out of fashion and is ‘at odds’ with modern-day values.
No doubt other male-dominated sports where pretty young women in tight dresses and bathing suits are a regular fixture — snooker, boxing, wrestling and so on — will feel duty-bound to follow suit.
Of course, there are many who claim this as a major victory in the fight against sexism and inequality. A new feminist dawn in which young women are no longer forced to debase themselves and their bodies simply for the entertainment of men.
Except, of course, they do. They have a lot to lose, starting with a steady income, financial independence and the prospect of nabbing a career in showbusiness or, failing that, a rich boyfriend. In other words, options. A future. Something that many of these young women simply wouldn’t have otherwise.
Scores of perfectly happy women, who are employed to do something they appear to (for the most part) enjoy and which brings great pleasure to many, will now find themselves out of a job. What are they supposed to do?
And yet all this is celebrated as some great triumph — mostly by middle-class female journalists and commentators — who have no concept and probably no interest in what these girls think, just as long as they get to stop men doing what men are naturally programmed to do: enjoy looking at attractive young women.
The irony, of course, is that those very same pressure groups demanding an end to glamour-girl culture are the very same who are forever blethering on about how it’s a woman body and she should be able to do what she wants with it.
Love Island’s Olivia Atwood had a three-year career as a pit girl before shooting to fame on the hit reality show