Thursday, September 16, 2010
Women Sports Journalists in the Men's Locker Room
Before the “Jets' locker room incident”, Ines Sainz was not a familiar name to many of us. Now, she seems to be the #1 topic of conversation around the water cooler.
For those of you hiding underneath a rock for the past week, Ines Sainz is a Mexican journalist who was recently the target of inappropriate and suggestive comments made by some New York Jets' football players while waiting to interview Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez. According to reports, while Sainz was waiting for the interview, several Jets players made inappropriate and suggestive comments to her. Another journalist, who was present but not the target of the comments, complained about the behavior. Since the complaint, the Jets have apologized, and just this week the NFL issued a memo with the following statement: "Women are a common part of the sports media…By law, women must be granted the same rights to perform their jobs as men. Please remember that women reporters are professionals and should be treated as such."
Professional athletes and sports journalists alike have felt the need to comment on the incident. Washington Redskins' running back Clinton Portis shared his view on air by saying, "I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room. I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman." Really, Clinton???
It's no shocker that this recent incident has fueled many discussions, including debates on what constitutes sexual harassment, whether woman journalists should be allowed in men’s locker rooms, and whether male journalists are allowed in the women's locker room. All very interesting issues that undoubtedly foster strong views. DRG is interested in hearing your position on one or all of these topics. We are looking for both male and female perspectives. So, please do share!