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European Sports Ditch Female Hostesses in #Me Too Ripple Effect(CCSS Level: Grade 10, Words: 341)
Feb 9, 2018 Sports
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  • Formula One says goodbye to "grid girls" at racetracks
  • Darts Corp says move to drop "walk-on girls" followed TV feedback

They're known as "grid girls," "walk-on girls" and "ring card girls", attractive, often scantily clad young women hired to work on the sidelines and podiums at male-dominated sports events. Now, many of them are out of job, as European sports are having a #Me Too moment.

"This custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern-day societal norms," Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations at the auto-racing circuit Formula One, said last week as he announced that "grid girls" would no longer appear on the track at races worldwide.

Earlier in January, the U.K-based Professional Darts Corp.said it would stop using "walk-on girls" to accompany male competitors to the stage at its tournaments. And Spain's Vuelta a Espana bike race had previously ended the practice of having female hostesses appear on the podium with race winners.

Some event sponsors say the use of women in such roles projects an outdated image of sports, making it harder to attract new fans and younger television audiences. The darts organisation told British news media that it acted "following feedback from our host broadcasters. " Britain's ITV television network, which broadcasts many of its competitions, said it had been consulted and approved of the decision.

The moves by the Darts and auto-racing organisations have drawn praise from groups that say the women were treated as objects. The problem "is the message it gives about how women are valued in society, " the Women's Sport Trust, a non-profit advocacy group, said in a statement after the Darts organisation made the announcement. "Sporting views are expected to admire the successful, talented, strong men taking part in competition, with the role of women purely based on their physical appearance. Women are being positioned as an embellishment to a sport, rather than having the opportunity to enjoy the same level of funding and media exposure as men."

What is the strongest reason for removing the "grid girls"?
sport mirrors and magnifies society in significant ways
it presents an outdated image of sports which degrades the sport concerned
obviously it's about being presentable
if we depict women in a central sporting role, we create a positive, modern and accurate image to inspire others
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