No, and I wouldn't stop her from becoming a Grid Girl either, if that's what she wanted to do. But then I'd also let her become a Trump campaign aide if for whatever twisted reason she wanted to do that. I wouldn't stop her from doing something I disapprove of.Shia Luck wrote:Would you let your daughter do a commercial for shower gel or moisturiser? How about a lead role in a Hollywood movie? Would you stop her from becoming a model / actor in the first place or limit the type of model or role she can be?
I personally feel that the ubiquitous placing of exclusively female models in motorsport who serve no function except to be pretty is not a good thing, and a) encourages people to watch the series for sex appeal and b) implies that sex appeal is something you need to have for people to watch. I don't approve of selling your product on that basis, which is why I'm happy for the custom to have died out. And no, it wouldn't matter if it was males obviously chosen for the same criteria: I don't believe the Grid Girls are being taken advantage of or disadvantaged by their job, I just don't like the implications of their job.
I'd be happy to see F1 eliminate the Grid Girls and simply continue to employ those models as hostesses, ambassadors - whatever you want to call them - for the sport, who could fulfill the same useful functions that apparently they always have. But having a bunch of pretty women parade around the grid, stand around holding signs, clap for the drivers and finally decorate the podium for no purpose just doesn't do anything to advance the spectacle in my opinion.
The bottom line is that I'm sure plenty of women are happy to be used as sex appeal at a race in return for a decent amount of money. That doesn't mean I approve of the sport doing it: I think it's primitive and I don't like the perpetuation of the 'sex sells' stereotype. Yes, F1's Grid Girls were much classier than many, but the principle at the core of it is still the same: let's get a bunch of pretty women to stand around so (mostly male) viewers find the sport more interesting.