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September 29, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — nkaelaine @ 4:39 pm

I wander as I wonder. Really I do. My initial goal was to have a theme. After all, everyone has to have a theme. But, I am plagued with musings that wander. I jump topics during conversations. Why should my blog be any different? Hence, my theme is the meanderings of my mind. Enjoy.


September 15, 2010

News Worthy?

Filed under: Uncategorized — nkaelaine @ 4:03 am

Getting ready in the morning and checking my email is always a minefield of distraction. You know what? Scratch that. Checking my email is always a minefield of distraction. This morning, I stepped right onto one. The headline on the Yahoo! Homepage reads: Jets addressing alleged harassment of female reporter. Nuts! I’m going to have to read that!

Here’s sort of the jist: Inés Sainz of the Mexican television network TV Azteca, claimed that she was harassed by players and coaches in practice and in the team’s locker room last Saturday. From the New York Times:

The New York Post reported that during drills, Dennis Thurman, the team’s defensive backs coach, purposely overthrew passes that landed near Sainz on the sideline. The Post also reported that linebacker Jason Taylor(notes) volunteered to join the defensive backs. Players also reportedly made sexually suggestive comments in the locker room after practice. […]

In a statement released by the Jets, [team owner Woody] Johnson stressed to Sainz that “he expects all members of the Jets organization to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.” (Farrar, Doug)

There are women, many of them still around and reporting who have had to deal with harassment that got lewd and violent when they first tried to enter locker rooms. There were players and coaches who refused to let female reporters in the locker rooms because it was unseemly and their space. We have reached a point when women are actually allowed in the locker rooms to do interviews and are at very least being filmed being treated like professionals. What’s kind of funny to me about this is that men aren’t allowed in to women’s locker rooms. That is still considered a “no-man’s land” but men are expected to not only ignore a woman in the locker room, but also adjust their behavior to suit someone’s delicate sensibilities. I find these two concepts a tad…mmm…contradictory.

For a female reporter to say/tweet: “I die of embarrassment!” Sainz wrote in Spanish on her Twitter account. “I am in the locker room of the Jets waiting for Mark Sanchez(notes) while trying not to look to anywhere!”. Seriously?! She was in their friggin’ locker room! I realize I may be agreeing with Kris Jenkins reported remarks out of context, but you have to expect nudity and a certain amount of crassness and immaturity. Does that make anything said in a locker room okay? Not really. However if I was to walk into a biker bar in Kentucky, I’d expect certain things to be said. It is their space after all, and quite honestly, you have to expect a certain amount of immaturity to occur in a locker room. As a matter of fact, suck it up! It seems (at least in my skewed opinion) there was some juvenile behavior on both sides of the story.

In high school, we talked about a myriad of vulgar topics usually about whoever we thought was cute in the stands and about the line judges, the opposing team’s coaches…whoever crossed our filthy little minds. Look, I get it. We were in high school and these guys are professional players and adults. They should have been taught how to act when ladies are present. That being said, reporters should be sexless, regardless of how attractive whatever players, coaches, co-workers, producers, and viewers may seem to believe or react to. Sexless, meaning that I don’t care whose locker room you walk into, leave your sexuality and any delicate sensibilities at the door.

Based on this report, they were definitely being jerks and behaving in a truly immature way with the excessive showing off near her and trying to get her attention. It does seem just a little hypocritical to take them to task for a lack of professionalism on the sidelines in practice when her tweet was just as immature and unprofessional. Pot meet kettle, now play nice.

I do want to make sure I point out that the lewd behavior in the locker room is uncalled for and, well, stupid.

You players, and quite honestly everyone who uses a locker room, remember that not everyone wants to see your naked behind. Realize that some people, even when they are changing right next to you, are uncomfortable with nakedness in every situation regardless of sex.

You reporters, and quite honestly anyone who gets ahead even in part because of their looks, suck it up. This is not real news. Yes, they behaved badly. But this incident downplays the importance of actual harassment. The person who gets purposely flashed is the person who should complain.

UPDATE: So, okay I got to see more coverage of the “story”, including video of what Sainz was wearing. What I got from her interview on the Early Show, it was other people who said something (and don’t get me started on the perils and evils of the witness lodging the complaint). As for people who feel the need to play “blame the victim” by claiming the she was dressed inappropriately, she probably should have buttoned a couple more buttons on her top, but her outfit was fine.


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