What’s Current: Formula One will no longer feature ‘grid girls’

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Formula One has announced that their car races will no longer feature “grid girls” or “podium girls. Some people on the internet understand that eliminating the use of women as accessories is a pretty good move. Others not so much.
  • Curtis Wayne Sagmoen has been charged with multiple counts of assault related to attacks on two prostituted women in BC’s Okanagan region. Police said Sagmoen accessed the women through backpage.ca. Sagmoen was already facing charges related to a separate attack on another prostituted woman. In October, the remains of 18 year old Traci Genereaux were found on his family farm. He has not been charged in relation to her death.
  • UK writer Bridget Lawless has launched the Staunch Book Prize, which will recognize thrillers where “no women is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.”
  • Two men in leadership positions with the Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle and Paul Shapiro have been investigated for sexually harassing their female employees.

“Shapiro, in many respects the Humane Society’s most celebrated advocate until his departure earlier this month, also allegedly contributed to a pervasive climate of sexual innuendo in the office that contrasted jarringly with the ethical behavior toward animals that was the organization’s mission.”

  • On Monday, six women in Iran removed their hijabs in public to protest the country’s Islamic dress code. At least one of them was arrested.
Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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