Why is porn ok but grid girls aren't?

James O'Brien was discussing grid girls with his callers

James O'Brien was discussing grid girls with his callers

But in a sport like auto racing where women have the opportunity to compete with men, the tradition of grid girls is more awkward than, say, cheerleaders at an National Basketball Association or NFL game. In a lengthy post of Facebook, Westby talks about how she turned her stint as a Grid Girl into a career as a stunt driver and competitive drift driver: "I wasn't going to get involved in this whole ban of grid girls debate as I felt all the girls were handling it great but recently seen some comments which really have got my blood boiling like ' they have no objective, intelligence, or even knowledge of cars / racing ' and ' about time they got a proper job" First of all the majority of the girls working on the grid have a very strong interest in racing and like myself got involved in pit duties where possible and even used my time at race events to learn and better my knowledge of cars and racing! I have been a grid girl for 8 years and I have never felt uncomfortable!No one forces us to do this! On whether "scrapping the role is actually more damaging and more sexist" than if F1 had done nothing, Young said, "I do think scrapping the role is more damaging".

Lauda slammed the notion that the existence of grid girls makes it harder for women to succeed in other areas of motor racing.

He said motorsport using women in promotional positions "does not exclude" other women from having management or engineering roles with teams or championships. It feels rather unoriginal and for a woman who is getting into the sport, can lead to being self-conscious just by virtue of being female.

"This is an important discussion and it should not be oversimplified or trivialized".

The decision by F1 bosses to axe the grid girls, one of the sport's long-standing pre-race traditions, is expected to bring similar pressure onto organisers of boxing and motorcycling who routinely use attractive women in event promotions.

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"This is a decision against women".

"I didn't feel like it was objectifying women necessarily".

"Grid girls have always belonged in F1, and they should continue to belong in F1", Lauda added.

However, in response to the statement, Crash.net enquired about Formula E's usage of grid girls at the Season 4 opening round in Hong Kong that took place at the beginning of December - one week after F1's last race with grid girls in Abu Dhabi.

As with any potentially controversial issue, such as dealing with gender issues, there's a broad range of opinions about this grid girl situation.

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