Now everyone and I mean, everyone is entitled to their own opinion – even on the grid girl ban!
But we need to be fully aware that opinions hold no clout so to speak. Unless there are facts and evidence to back up opinions, they are just personal judgement and subconscious thinking.
Before anyone continues to read I wanted to make you aware that this post isn’t an attack on anyone and I wanted you to be in receipt of the facts before making assumptions that I’ve got “insecurity issues” because whilst I may have some which are personal to me, it doesn’t involve body positive images. I admire anyone who looks after themselves and keeps themselves healthy.
To eliminate any doubt you have that I may have an issue with the grid girl job itself (because you may not know me personally); In my late teens and early twenties, I was approached a few times to be a boxing ring girl and a glamour model in Maxim magazine.
I’ll be honest, at the time I wanted to go for it. The money seemed very appealing in exchange for the work. But I was young and didn’t research the facts. Thankfully, I confided in my parents and they talked me out of it. I don’t think I could have coped with the backlash – that’s just my personality.
I have no issue at all with anyone that chooses this type of work. I have the utmost respect. It’s not about the images it’s more about the exploration that surrounds the industry. There is that old saying if you’ve got it flaunt it!
I’ve grown up in a “mans world “ but I’m slowly seeing things turn around. Things are looking up for women but not without a fight.
It’s going to take time and a lot of understanding from men. Equally, I believe women need to be more understanding of men too.
We need the respect one another.
We are human first.
Then we are sexualised.
We have a purpose on this planet and that’s to reproduce but it’s not our only purpose.
We know that 7 billion people are on this earth and I think we have clearly proven we can overpopulate and put a strain on our planet.
So strip away our first instinct and natural ability. We need to look at secondary aspects.
Without media, parental, peer influence and sexual preference, we are humans first. We can equally enjoy the same recreational sports. We can equally enjoy the same foods. The same applies to work whether it be manual labour or behind a desk. Technical or non-technical, Performing arts or a job within research.
We are all equal and have the ability and right to do any of those things despite our gender and sexual orientation.
Here’s my personal opinion on the grid girl ban:-
Regardless of your sex, you should be free to make your own choices – but you need to be in receipt of facts before acting on those choices. If there is a vacancy for a job role that you think is beneficial to you, that you would enjoy and have the relevant skill set and experience to fulfil that role, then you should have the freedom to be able to pursue that role. In the case of a ‘Grid Girl’, the underlying job role is rather belittling and appears they are there as eye candy for men and to serve men. Which undermines women entirley.
If job roles that require men or women to be exploited regardless of their choice to carry out that role, we need to considerate of the state of mind that person was in and their circumstances when they originally applied for that role. Sometimes we do things out of desperation and later discover the consequences.
Because there are nearly 7 billion people that habit this planet and with technology at an all-time high, we need to be aware of what worlds we are creating for our children. What kind of messages are we trying to send to our young? How are we influencing those around us? Sexually objectifying men or women does have repercussions.
Probably the most important point to highlight is that this type of work encourages and accepts public sexual harassment. There will always be people that will take a chance and smack a bum or make a smutty remark. The job description doesn’t stipulate this but you almost expect it. Allow this kind of mentality to have free will then we are giving it the green light to become acceptable in all areas of life. This applies to both men and women.
If you are going to ban something for women then ban the equivalent for men. Why is it OK to have strip shows for men and women are free to objectify men and it’s socially acceptable to do so? Yet women doing the same thing is seen as dirty, seedy and sexual. For the record, I’ve never been to a male strip show but I have watched Magic Mike and Strip Tease – these films glamourise the industry and there is nothing glamorous about it.
Femininity and masculinity are a separate subject and I’m not interested in sharing my thoughts on whether a male or females should wear dresses, trousers or even makeup. These practices are fabricated and have evolved over thousands of years. They are also exclusive and dependent on what world, country and culture you live in so, therefore, cannot be defined in this post.
What are your thoughts on the ban?