Women Left Out Of The Locker Room?

   By drodriguez  Sep 20, 2010

Even if you aren’t into sports you probably heard about the recent media frenzy involving TV reporter Ines Sainz’s encounter in the NY Jets locker room.  Sainz received lots of media attention after it was reported that while waiting to give an interview in the locker room she fell victim to sexual harassment in the form of “catcalls” from some of the players.  Though she denies ever feeling offended by remarks made about her in the locker room, she has received apologies from the team’s owner and the media frenzy has only escalated since the event occurred.

Multiple debates have arisen after Sainz’s encounter in the Jets locker room.  People are questioning whether it is appropriate to allow women reporters access to men’s locker rooms after the games.  Men are often not wearing much and feeling the effects of testosterone and adrenaline after competing in the game.  

Some reports have even placed the blame of sexual harassment on the way Sainz was dressed at the time, calling the snug jeans and white top too provocative for a TV reporter to wear on the job.  Others believe this is just another way to place the blame on the woman and feel her outfit was completely appropriate.

Sainz has stated numerous times that she did not feel she was a victim of sexual harassment while in the Jets locker room.  The New York Daily News reports that she has said, “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 behaviour by the Jets...In no moment did I feel attacked or subjected to anything really offensive.”

What do you think of the controversy surrounding Ines Sainz’s encounter in the Jets locker room?

Do you think it is appropriate for women reporters to interview men in locker rooms after the game and dress the way she was dressed at the time?

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Suzyque by Suzyque | LITCHFIELD PK, AZ
Oct 28, 2010

I agree I don't think women should be in a mans locker room and the same goes for a man in a women. I also believe that she should have been dressed professionally and not so casual.

aryther by aryther | Eugene, OR
Oct 20, 2010

She herself said she didn't feel harassed. Honestly, she was in a men's lockeroom for crying out loud. They wouldn't let a male reporter in a women's lockeroom. People need to get over it. This woman was not harmed.

turtel2010 by turtel2010 | Pittsfield, MA
Oct 18, 2010

First off if you were to look at the men reporters they are in the same type of clothing jeans and button up top or polo. To be on the field for such a long time you have to be comfortable and that is what she is comfortable in and there is nothing wrong with that. What do you expect her to have on a parka? Granted I don't think females should be allowed in the mens locker room when they're changing and the other way around thats asking for trouble a little bit but on the field thats asking for a lawsuit or disciplinary action.

MingMing by MingMing | Midland, TX
Oct 14, 2010

I totaly agree with joline78 and jendorf44. Looks like she got what she was looking for that day in the locker room PUBLICITY............

joline78 by joline78 | Narvon, PA
Oct 13, 2010

Professionalism goes a long way on both sides. The remarks were wrong, but there are a lot of women who dress for attention and neither side showed any sense of respect or professionalism. I agree the reports should not be done in a locker room.

jendorf44 by jendorf44 | Mattoon, IL
Oct 08, 2010

No reporter should be in the locker rooms, period. I do not think she was dressed appropriately - she was dressed to be noticed. I can't lie and say I don't wear revealing clothes but when I do I don't plan to walk into a testosterone rich locker room with half naked men. When I go to work I dress conservatively.

aminaha by aminaha | apple valley, CA
Oct 07, 2010

This excuse for a reporter was dressed innapropriately as usual. Besides there was no reason it couldn't wait until the players were finished dressing- the question was of no importance anyway. I think this whole issue was blown out of proportion by her and the NFL and its joke of a commissioner.

gogrl71 by gogrl71 | suisun city, CA
Oct 03, 2010

The women was just dressed casual, since when is casual innapropriate? But I don't think that the reporters should go into locker rooms just because the men in there are half naked walking around. Its a weird situation..

Aspiringauthor09 by Aspiringauthor09 | LAKEVILLE, PA
Oct 01, 2010

i think that if you are any sort of figure in the media, be it a reporter for Good Morning America or just a rinky-dink local news reporter for the smallest state ever, you should be dressed tastefully. a newsreporter is supposed to be an intelligent, tasteful person who dresses... well, like a newsreporter should dress! they are making female newsreporters more and more sexual. i think that society has taken something with dignity and turned it sexual. that women didn't feel threatened, but people immediately assumed she was going to do the whole team in there. maybe, if america is too sexed to handle something like this, then female newsreporters shouldn't go into mens' locker rooms. i also think she did this for publicity. she should know that men will be men and that you can't just walk into a locker room looking like that. i shouldn't blame society entirely; she is innapropriate and asked for anything she got

kazelton by kazelton | Woodward, OK
Sep 30, 2010

no excuse for men to be that way...but we ALL know by now that that is how men (not all) generally are...yes, she should be able to dress as she desires but...I kinda laughed when in one interview she stated that there was nothing wrong with those jeans...they were "my size" she said. Seriously?

eldapc11 by eldapc11 | SANTA ANA, CA
Sep 29, 2010

This story is ridiculous and has gotten blown out of proportion. The reporter had no problem with the comments made by the players, if she didn't feel offended why did someone else feel the need to report it. At the same time it reminds me of cases were women have really been sexually abused and some people say, "Well it's her fault she provoked him, she brought it on herself"

lorisann by lorisann | Marrero, LA
Sep 25, 2010

There should be a designated area for interviews after any game / match and no more locker room interviews. From 3 different stories I have read of the incident, this may be a matter of things being overblowned because she said she didn't hear anybody talk about her. Secondly, if she would have walked in my office or in my path dressed like that, everybody even the women would have been looking at her and talking about her outfit. It was not appropriate.

tonia_jeff by tonia_jeff | lindenhurst, IL
Sep 25, 2010

Another thing we need to worry about(not) this is so stupid there are so many other things going on in the world right now that of real importance

jenndta69 by jenndta69 | SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Sep 25, 2010

What bothers me the most about this, is that she (Inez) was not the reporter complained about anything. It was another female reporter in the locker room that stirred this all up. I have a suspect that maybe she might have been a little jealous of the other female reporter. Who are we to say who gets harassed or not? If it does not bother her, it does not bother me.

Brindamorr by Brindamorr | NEW WINDSOR, NY
Sep 25, 2010

There should be an interview area that is apart from the dressing rooms. The locker area should be for coaches and players only.