RADelaidians. Crack open a can of VB and prepare to inhale the smell of burnt rubber.
The V8 Clipsal 500 Supercar race is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing, other than a sea of bad sleeve tattoos and mullets. The inevitable roasting of the grid girls.Whenever this topic arises, I find myself rolling my eyes. Sadly, it is seldom men who spurr this debate, but predictably, more often women.
So exactly why is it that we should consider banning grid girls at our major motorsporting event?
Is it because women are being oversexualised? Perhaps being a grid girl is now an outdated concept? Is it that times have changed and there is a movement to protect women and have them viewed in a more meaningful light? Are grid girls sending the wrong message to the younger girls of our generation? Or is it simply that wives and girlfriends are jealous that their husbands are looking at attractive, alluring, women on the grid?
Potentially all of the above.
I don’t have the definitive answer. I can only speak from first hand experience. I was formerly an official Clipsal 500 grid girl for five years and was also a promotional grid girl at the Clipsal for three years. I am well aware of the stigma and stereotyping that has been attached to the title of ‘grid girl.’ The terms ‘slutty,’ ‘skanky’ and ‘dumb’ are all commonplace remarks just as much as they are also ignorant.
The duration of my time at Clipsal saw me transition from a student studying a double degree in Law and Arts (majoring in Politics and Languages) to becoming a Lawyer at one of Adelaide’s most prestigious law firms.
Does that render me ‘dumb?’
Meanwhile, many of the other girls in the grid team were also either studying, had university degrees or were working professionals.