I do wish the cultural revolution would hurry up and reach its dictatorship phase

At Spectator Coffee House

My dinosaur brain obviously categorises things into ‘harmless traditions’ and ‘dangerous threats to western civilisation’, and grid girls are definitely in the former. Formula One is a sort of modern-day version of the medieval tourney, a celebration of masculine bravery and strength by its latter-day knights – the son of the head of the Habsburg family is, funnily enough, a racing driver – and just as the tourneys of the later middle ages had a glamorous, sexual atmosphere, with beautiful women presenting prizes to the most gallant champions, so modern motor racing has had a similar feel.

In fact, the overtly sexual clothing of these medieval events was criticised by moralists at the time; the deeply misanthropic chronicler Henry Knighton complained that ‘whenever and wherever tournaments were held, troops of ladies would arrive dressed up in a variety of male clothing… they abused their bodies in wantonness and scurrilous licentiousness. They neither feared God nor blushed at the criticism of the people, but were … deaf to the demands of modesty.’ Knighton wrote that these women were ‘the showiest and most beautiful (but not most virtuous) women of the whole realm’.

Some even blamed the Black Death on the tight-fitting outfits worn by women at these events, another chronicler attacking ‘clothes that were so tight that they wore a fox tail hanging down inside their skirts at the back, to hide their arses’.

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