So, Formula One has decided to abandon the grid girls – the feminist lobbying has assimilated another hapless victim in its inexorable fascist march against freedom and humanity.

This has to stop.

We’ve made too many compromises already – too many retreats.

They invade our space, and we fall back.

They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back.

Not again. The line must be drawn HERE.

THIS far. No further.

With apologies to Captain Picard, I don’t really care about grid girls. Or Formula One. If young beautiful women wish to freely exchange their labour for money, and can quit those jobs whenever they like, more power to them.

What we should not abide are those who tell us that because these decisions are not decisions they would make for themselves, others should not be free to make them.

This is the beginnings of tyranny – a human being demanding that an activity be banned, rather than merely choose not to do it themselves. To those that care about freedom, this is morally abhorrent.

And let’s be clear – that is what is happening, and not just here.

The attempt to ban grid girls is merely the latest grotesque piece of minor tyranny masquerading as morality – these people seem to believe that we need a new Mary Whitehouse, and they’re it?

To be clear, a society that decides that grid girls are so helpless that they must be prevented by law from choosing which jobs to take, is not a society which respects women and the choices they make. It is instead a society that has a perverted view of what freedom means. Freedom is about being able to freely choose how to employ your skills and abilities, and also to be free to object to those choices.

So in a free society, feminists who believe grid girls are an affront to humanity would merely boycott Forumla One.

Just as liberals who don’t understand tax law and think Starbucks are tax avoiders should stop buying their coffee.

When you choose freely to avoid a supplier based on their practices, you exercise your free will.

When you demand that a practice be banned so that no-one can enjoy it just because you don’t, you have become a tyrant.

And tyrants should be boycotted.

Because we are destroying our freedoms here – grid girls are merely one more example of the way the petty tyrants and moral busybodies in our culture are shutting down our freedoms. Every time we allow them to prevail like this and destroy jobs and freedoms, we are allowing them to mould our culture and remove our freedoms.

Puzzlingly, the tyannical Left will fight for prostitutes to be be free to sell their labour, but apparently grid girls are too much. Women are allowed to sell their body, but not their image?

To be clear, when you boycott something you enter into a powerful act of protest and ensure that your society remains free – if enough of your countrymen feel the same way as you do, the practce will soon cease, The free market quickly destroys those who fail to deliver value to those with the money.

But when you insist that something is banned, you are bypassing this democratic function and asking that the State pretend that the majority find a practice objectionable. You are using the ban in place of the boycott, because you know that insufficient people agree with you for a boycott to achieve your goal.

You are saying “I know I’m in a minority, but I demand that my opinion prevail because I feel that I am right and all these other people are wrong”

Well, sorry – in a free democracy your petty minority concerns about grid girls or tax avoidance do not entitle you to demand we change the law of the land. If you feel that your views are representative of your countrymen, a boycott will be very effective. But I warn you, as entrepreneurs find when they take their ideas to market, you may be disappointed.

Indeed, that’s the main reason this is happening – feminists have complained to their friends and family about grid girls and have immediately discovered there is insufficient moral outrage for a grassroots campaign to succeed, so they are resorting to the bully pulpit from where they screech their moral outrage and petty tyranny.

We must resist, or we will soon be living in a culture where the rules that govern our lives have been designed by those who couldn’t get broad support for them.

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  1. But when you insist that something is banned, you are bypassing this democratic function and asking that the State pretend that the majority find a practice objectionable.

    But have they used the State to ban something? Or have they mobilised enough like minded people behind a boycott that they can force Formula 1 to act? I think it is the latter. Just as Darts – Darts for Christ’s sake – is getting rid of most of their totty because of feminist pressure. And even Bild in Germany. Although just from the front page.

    The problem is more serious – it is not laws being implemented, it is the Cultural Marxists on the Left mobilising to change minds. Liberal Britain is dead. The Liberal Britain that allowed these girls the freedom to do what they wanted is dead. Rosaa Kleb is in charge now.

  2. What we need is for companies which are being shaken down to show a little guts and tell the prodnoses where they can stick it next. Not gonna happen, they are scared to face up to pressure groups.

  3. We need to strike back. If we are the majority then we need to make our money count too. As Delta is finding out about now.

    The problem is that the people who hate Grid Girls hate them a lot more than the people who like Grid Girls like them. Also it is a bit embarrassing to defend them. Still kudos to Nicky Lauder and the poisonous little dwarf for sticking up for them.

    Oh, and the other problem is that 80% of purchasing decisions are made by women. And there’s the rub. They have all our money.

  4. There is no “threat”.

    Formula 1 should hire Jeremy Clarkson for a press conference with the girls as well during which he tells cultural Marxism to “Piss Off”.

    That will do it.

    Unreal fear of a tiny minority of noisy leftist scum is running riot.

  5. ” the tyannical Left will fight for prostitutes to be be free to sell their labour, ” but not apparently for men to buy it.

    Oh, yes. Because the left doesn’t do principles, it’s Who? Whom? time, all the time, with these loons.

  6. The coalition of feminists and maiden aunts are part of the wider world as SMFS says they care a lot about this thing and some corporate bods who’ve recently invested billions have taken the decision that the value detracted is more than the value added. But that fundamental part of human nature, that the attractive model keyed into, has gone no-where. And it remains available to be appealed to by some other corporate bods. That said I don’t expect F1 rivals with grid girls to suddenly pop into existence, become popular and money making and surplant F1 corporate bods overnight. In practice what means is that the market is nichiefied and those who really like this kind of thing will be catered for. I think i’m ok with that, the liberal principle is that you should be allowed to do what you want if it’s not doing harm, and the practical fudge in the real world is that its usually enough to make an awful fuss about something to get it out of the mainstream. Getting it banned outright for everybody is another kettle of fish.

  7. Yes, it was not a government ban but an organized persuasion movement with the veiled threat of a boycott, and the nature of large corporations, so hypercautious that you wonder why lefties vilify them.

    It happens in America, most recently Bill O’Reilly being dropped by even FOX News on harassment accusations. Radio’s Rush Limbaugh, his own stint as a pre-game football commentator ending after he accused the media of racial pandering, claims to have studied one of these episodes, and claims that the protest was driven by perhaps a dozen people, using ‘bots to give the illusion of a groundswell. The most recent casualty is the lovable caricature of the Cleveland Indians baseball team in the face of a protest by no actual Indians.

    Conservatives occasionally strike back with their wallets, denying singers The Dixie Chicks a lot of money for tirelessly bashing George W. Bush, and supporting TV’s Duck Dynasty and the closed-on-Sunday Chick-Fil-A chain.

  8. ‘We must resist, or we will soon be living in a culture where the rules that govern our lives have been designed by those who couldn’t get broad support for them.’

    We already are – and when Jez Corbin gets into power this kind of thing is only going to intensify…

    To echo the first paragraph, at times it would appear ‘Resistance is futile’, and indeed these people have the law on their side. How many examples can we find of people making comments that are deemed by the vociferous Left wing minority to be unacceptable losing their jobs or being forced to resign. It takes a brave man to stand up to that, certainly. Am I in that category? I’d like to think so but faced with the loss of a job or house and family then how many would stand up and be counted?

  9. I’m not going to pretend that I’ve lost a lot of sleep over grid girls losing a job, but the deranged feminist reaction is quite interesting. It provides plenty of examples of what an incoherent mess their ideology is.

    Feminists don’t even seem able to decide whether grid girls are victims or villains.

    I’ve seen feminists argue that they’re oppressed and exploited, on the same spectrum as rape, trafficking, and FGM victims. If they think they’ve made a choice, that just shows their state of false consciousness. As one Independent journalist put it when celebrating this decision: “Sisters need saving from themselves”.

    Other feminists have portrayed the same women as privileged and entitled princesses. They’re exploiting their social status and unearned attractiveness privileges for profit, and promoting harmful patriarchal beauty standards.

    Their choices are to blame for everything from sexual assault and harassment to the wage gap and lack of women in engineering. They aren’t victims, they’re gender traitors and enemies of feminism, comparable to Nazi collaborators in WWII.

    If course either way them losing their jobs is a victory for #metoo/#timesup/feminism, but just a touch of ideological consistency would be nice…

    • Nazi Grid Girls? I could say something but I suspect Max Mosley got there first and now has a Qango set up to stop me saying it.

      However at least we know why women earn 77 cents to every dollar men earn. After all, who wants to bet that these girls were paid over the average wage?

    • Victims or villains? Perhaps young women delighted to be the center of attention. Trafficking in their secondary sex characteristics, as Tim often notes will continue happening in Hollywood despite #MeToo. Average wage? I imagine that some would do it once for free. But Formula One has a lot of money to throw around, and it is not just the appearance but the preparation and the commitment to do it all season long. If this is as serious as being a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, there is a contract with a Morals Clause, involving the cheerleader in the same orthodoxy of never offending anyone who is a member of a Victim voting bloc.

  10. #metoo/#timesup/feminism is mainly about petty bullshit like grid girls, imaginary wage gaps and manspreading on the Tube.

    The industrial-scale rape of helpless little white girls by Muslims in Telford, Oxfordshire, Rotherham, and God knows how many other places only elicits cricket chirps

  11. As long as we still have the starting gate girls at the Isle of Man TT.

    It would seem by extension that being a model is wrong. It appears that the CM creeps are picking around the edges of modeling, not strong enough yet to attack the core.

    This is but a victory in one battle; their war will go on. MotoGP next? WSB?

    • They’ve also gone after modelling at industry trade shows using a lot of the same arguments. Quite a few tech/gaming events have banned “booth babes” after feminist complaints. Major car companies have generally stopped hiring models to stand next to the latest fancy motor they’re showing off.

      Many of those feminists are open about wanting rid of all forms of modelling. In their view no jobs should exist where being fit and attractive is a job requirement.

      I think they might get more pushback from other women if they turn their attention to mainstream fashion modelling.

      • If they ban jobs where you can earn money by the unearned gifts of having been born being attractive, how soon until they ban jobs where you can earn money by the unearned gifts of having been born capable of doing the job?