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Old 7 Jan 2018, 22:15 (Ref:3791267)   #136
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Ricciardo's view seems to align with the accepted societal norms in Australia at the moment. I heard a podcast discussing the planned cricket T20 tournament for the UK in 2020. The Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell was asked what they should include from the big bash and IPL - his suggestion was cheerleaders!

If the sporting world thinks that the way to entice people to view a new competition is through the use of attractive females - then it must be hard to convince them to remove such 'attractions' where they already exist?
Also, is it really surprising that one of the biggest beneficiaries of having girls trackside to make his efforts easier would want to keep that?
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Old 8 Jan 2018, 14:13 (Ref:3791373)   #137
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sexual identity and let's say fashion identity aren't the same thing. there's which gender you're attracted to, which gender you identify as (if any) and which genders clothes you like to wear. oddly, the former two are more accepted by society as variables than the latter. the fear that people wanting to dress as the other gender feel about going out in public as their alter ego, particularly men desperate to dress in women's clothes backs that up.

and that reflects itself in motorsport. there's an interesting underlying expectation that to be a woman in the sport (and retain your femininity) you have to sexualise yourself, be that posting what would be considered revealing selfies on your work social media accounts, doing photoshoots in ~sexy clothes or being promiscuous. is that linked to grid and promo girls? i can tell you that working on the grid in men's clothing next to grid girls with their bum cheeks hanging out of their skintight lycra is pretty de-feminising.
I think there's link between sexual identity and fashion identity. A very good friend of mine is a transvestite and has been involved in transvestism for over 20 years and he says fashion definitely plays a big part with regards to his alter ego.

I totally agree with you about defeminising and it all harks back to the days when draping a semi-naked woman over a car hood/bonnet, was deemed an perceptible way of marketing.
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Old 8 Jan 2018, 17:27 (Ref:3791402)   #138
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I totally agree with you about defeminising and it all harks back to the days when draping a semi-naked woman over a car hood/bonnet, was deemed an perceptible way of marketing.
That's not back in the day though - that's now. Booth babes are still a thing, especially at car events.
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Old 8 Jan 2018, 17:59 (Ref:3791407)   #139
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That's not back in the day though - that's now. Booth babes are still a thing, especially at car events.
Back in the day there would be adverts with photos of girls, sprawled over cars in motoring magazines. I can't say I've seen anything like that for many years.
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Old 8 Jan 2018, 19:36 (Ref:3791427)   #140
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As a man who in his own industry is trying to do as much as possible to reduce gender imbalance and discrimination, grid girls and the like make me sad. It's such a ridiculous thing to still have, and I don't think a lot of people realise quite how much so.

It is literally replacing furniture with women because they're prettier. It doesn't need a human to hold up a sign, I could design you a perfectly reasonable stand. The only reason it is a woman is because of how it looks, and at that point you've reduced a woman to an object for someone else's enjoyment. That's basically the definition of objectification.

Nobody here (as far as I know) is arguing that women shouldn't be allowed to wear whatever they want, as revealing as they like, etc. but this isn't that. This is women being dressed up and used as scenery, and the fact that some are paid well for it and presumably all do it voluntarily doesn't change the fact that what is happening is women as decoration.

Incidentally, the whole "promo girl" at trade shows etc. is going the same way. There have been boycotts and protests in my world over it, and rightly so - you demean women, you demean your intended audience, and you make the world a less welcoming place for majority of the people in it. Get rid.
There will always be "gender imbalance" because both genders are not the same and never have been and never will be. So no I will not be doing any phony virtue signaling "fighting for gender imbalance".

It's interesting you say you don't care what women wear or what job they have, but yet you do. I have known many, many "grid girls" or "promo girls" and all seem to enjoy their job and the attention it brings and I also have seen where it has allowed them to make connections in the industry and secure a regular job.

So I say if sponsors or series want grid girls and there are women who want those jobs(and clearly many do), leave them alone and stop trying to impose tyranny on others by shaming and phony virtue signaling.
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it's part of a wider discussion tbf, gender shouldn't really be something we judge people on (like race), but that utopia is a long way away unless people of all genders sort toxic masculinity out. and motorsport is a prime example of that, case in point the princess dress shenanigans.
Well if we have a toxic masculinity problem then it appears we have a toxic feminism problem as well. It's clear we have women determined to strip anything "masculine" from the world. This thing that the world isn't equal until women inhabit and dominate everything men do, not only rejects the qualities of women, but tries to turn women into men and all it seems to be doing is making women angry trying to be something they are not and never will be.
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whilst we still use women as decoration and trophies, no matter their attire, how can we expect our drivers and for that matter, all staff, to have a solid balanced view of women in the same way they have of men.
Are you offended that some women are attractive or attempt to make themselves so?
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OK this has gone on long enough ...not only is is going around in circles insults whether intended or otherwise are on the horizon.

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