Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sainz's Hysteria Is a Paradigm to Restrict Media of Locker Rooms
It’s too bad the majority of the population isn’t obsessed with sports itself but obsessed with the sexism, which now seizes all attention and sadly ruins the reputation of journalism and sports itself.
So now, we are no longer buzzing about pro football as we glance at the recent features of Ines Sainz, a television reporter affiliated with TV Azteca in Mexico.
She was asking for trouble when she subjected herself to a locker room full of men as a reporter, standing and wearing tight pants and a low-cut blouse, sexy attire known to attract the opposite sex.
Do men have no values? No, it’s a man’s instinct. The temptations of hearing offensive remarks are likely, especially if women reporters walk onto the premises dressed as the hottest reporter in the locker room.
As if the locker room is a nightclub, female reporters forget it’s a line of work, not an environment to impress athletic men.
The assumption is to deny the accusations of a girl, who among any other female reporter, came to work at Media Day during the Super Bowl festivities and allowed a couple of linemen to lift her onto their shoulder pads.
This is a problem heard too often in sports, dwelling on an ongoing issue that has been happening for a long time during postgame interviews inside locker rooms. This is a problem when the media is given access and talks with athletes near lockers, where a swarm of reporters, close to 50 bodies, are tightly together in corners.
This is a problem that won’t go away as long as women are allowed into a room of privacy to interview and interrogate players personally. It’s another chaotic investigation, perpetrated to create a dramatic disaster and could last a long time after she accused New York Jets players of harassment.
So just like that, Sainz expects us to feel sympathy of her recent claim and expects us to publicly reinforce the issue and believe her side of the story, while holding the Jets liable for sexual harassment.
These days, it’s hard to believe accusations, especially when women vastly accuse men of a crime. So now, as quickly as it takes to make an offensive slur, she is angry with the Jets and tweeted Saturday that she felt uncomfortable surrounded by Jets’ coaches and players, as she tried to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is of Mexican descent.
Now shamefully, too much focus leans toward sexual appeal and features in sports, as we fall in love with Sportscenter anchor Hannah Storm or sadly glance at disturbing videos of a psychotic man secretly videotaping reporter Erin Andrews as she stood nude in her hotel room.
If there’s one positive note in this story, it’s the notion that male athletes view women as a sexy feature and stare heavily.
That usually leads to offensive words, and women feel uncomfortable with the disrespectful comments. In truth, this is obviously more evidence of the abhorrent culture affecting pro sports.
It’s far easier to realize that we live in a misogynist society, a cultural aspect when average women are distastefully approached by men and singled out from an inane statement.
But the last thing the NFL needs is a relapse with a minor mistake that can greatly destroy the reputation of the admirable enterprise everyone strongly relishes. The only way to avoid an enormous claim, realistically, is to restrict the media of access in the locker room.
The conference room is traditionally supposed to be a time when reporters interview players, but oddly enough, the female reporters are allowed to speak with players as they step out of the showers naked.
However, any female reporter is vulnerable if they saunter into the locker room dressed in trendy pants and low-cut blouses. And considering that she put herself in a ridiculous predicament, she had it coming.
By inserting her body, she easily becomes the immense topic in sports, as every man talks about Ms. Sainz who apparently exposes her body at the workplace.
Next time she may carefully think about the circumstances of dressing sexy, and the NFL will deliberate whether it’s appropriate for the media to enter the locker room and gather post-game interviews.
As for her, maybe she’ll take advice from an outspoken Clinton Portis, the Washington Redskins running back, who recently was asked to elaborate on the farce involving the TV Azteca reporter and her mistreatment in the locker room of oblivious Jets’ players.
“You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions 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 gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman,” Portis said to a radio station in DC. “For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can’t interact and you can’t be involved with athletes, you can’t talk to these guys, you can’t interact with these guys.
“And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s gonna want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages. And you’re just setting here, ‘Oh, none of this is attractive to me.’ I know you’re doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I’m gonna’ cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I’m sure they do the same thing.”
He’s exactly right. Everyone is human, everyone has feelings, everyone finds someone attractive, and everyone falls in love.
But he clearly stereotyped women and issued an apology for inanely publicizing silly remarks. Meanwhile, Sainz is not distinguished as a well-known female writer but is viewed as an appealing model or a diva queen and desires to be noticed every time she walks into a locker room.
Then, Arizona’s Darnell Dockett foolishly tweeted.
“All I can do is LOL at the jets Female Reporter! She walks into the locker room full of men and think some one not gonna say nothing LMFAO!!!”
No wonder literary is badly impaired in this country.
However, Sainz isn’t the first female to witness such a disgraceful experience. Back in the day, the NFL formed a policy mandating that female journalists have similar access to players as male journalists.
It’s very seldom that men are judged, but women are constantly labeled. To all the prejudice, as we witness sexism and strongly judge racism, gender, and religious beliefs, we are once again entrapped. Only this time by a female reporter who is sadly crying that she was harassed, but brought it on herself.
“I want to make clear that in no moment did I even feel offended, much less at risk or in danger while there,” Sainz told the Spanish-language program DeporTV on Monday. “It was simply a situation that got out of hand. I waited for the interview with Mark Sanchez, we did it and it turned out great…the next day the press is reporting that I was a victim of harassment and inappropriate behavior by the Jets.”
I don’t know what to believe.
But all of this could have been prevented had she not came dressed like a teenager in high school. The sad thing is, athletes are still exposing themselves as irresponsible and disrespectful men.
As the NFL took a stance in this issue to protect morality and its image, Sainz is viewed as the mindless one.
Sorry, I don’t feel sorry for her. I am not condoning it, but she gave the Jets’ every reason to disrespect her.