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Formula One (finally!) gets rid of “grid girls”

Formula One Race Podium Melbourne Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 20th March 2016 Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Sebastian Vettel F1

Formula One has just announced they won’t be using so-called “grid girls” anymore, and all I can think is: about bloody time.

These young women are employed to wear skimpy clothes and parade around with signs and such at the races, and then get doused in champagne on the podium at the end.

As the (male) BBC journalist put it:

‘Society is living through a defining moment in sexual politics. It is the time of #MeToo, and revelations of sexual harassment and worse by powerful men.

Some will see this decision as tokenistic and unnecessary. But the likelihood is that the vast majority of those people will be men.

In that context, it feels like an appropriate decision for the times, and one that F1 had to make.’

I have attended countless Formula One races – my father used to be heavily involved in motorsport – and I sat in some expensive seats.

And, you know what? The men around me, who were willing to fork out thousands of dollars to attend the races – men with a bit of grey at the temples and with children under ten beside them, and fully grey men with their wives in the next seat – turned into animals when the young women were paraded out onto the track.

Every time I sat in those stands, surrounded by reasonably affluent, allegedly classy men, I felt sick. They’d break out into wolf whistles and lewd comments and just generally be repulsive. It didn’t matter they had daughters and wives with them.

Good riddance to this horrendous practice.

These days Formula One has female team managers, and female drivers are making inroads (actually, the first female drivers were generations ago).

This is also the case with MotoGP, which is essentially the motorbike version of Formula One. Over there they have teenage girls riding, and yet they still parade the grid girls around the track. And, over in MotoGP, some of the young women are essentially dressed in fetish wear!

I know many men are going to be very upset about this. But, guess what? They’ll get used to it.

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Now in Canberra

Following on from the same sex marriage outcome, you can now get rainbow number plates in Canberra.

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We Did It!

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Millions upon millions upon millions of taxpayers’ dollars were wasted on telling the Government what we already knew in a stupid non-binding poll on same sex marriage.

I live a few minutes from Australia’s Federal Parliament, and watched the House of Representatives live on television as they FINALLY legalised it.

There I was, with handfuls of Christmas lights, mid-tree decoration, crying. I didn’t think I would be quite THIS emotional about it.

For Canberrans, it has been a long time coming. Thank God it’s finally done.

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Today in Canberra

Rainbow flags on the drive up to Parliament House this afternoon. There’s another set closer over the bridge, but you can’t see them in this picture. Those flagpoles are used for national flags when presidents visit etc.

There are rainbow things everywhere in Canberra – in fact, there have been for months (including the airport – the anti-gay politicians flying in have to see it every time), but now they’ve painted footpaths and roads!

The day after the gay marriage vote Canberra 74% Sonya Heaney Parliament House Australia 16th November 2017

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Go Canberra!

The ACT (Canberra) votes YES to marriage equality with BY FAR the highest percentage of people of any state or territory. (Maybe they shouldn’t have stuck us on the bottom of the chart…)

Remember: Canberra has already legalised gay marriage in the past, but we had it taken away from us by national powers.

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For Canada

The National Science and Technology Centre was one of a number of places in Canberra lit up in red and white for Canada over the weekend.

National Science and Technology Centre Canberra Australia for Canada Day 150 1st July 2017 Sonya Oksana Heaney Canadian Colours Night

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Poor London

Just as I started typing this, they announced two more deaths in a press conference.

This photo is from Westminster Bridge only a few weeks ago. I’m not sure what you’re supposed to say in these situations…

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