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Should women cover up to get respect?

I have been focused on the news story about the female reporter treatment in the locker room and on the sidelines.  The fact that she was dressed “provocatively” is front and center.  I have noticed that radio personalities, sports writers, etc.  comment more about the woman’s outfit and not the behavior of the players.

Not surprising.  I am curious what everyone thinks about how a woman’s clothes impacts the way she is treated.  If she is not covered enough does it mean she wants to get disrespected?

What are your thoughts on female reporters in sports? Do you think they belong in the locker rooms to interview players?

I have regretted wearing a particular outfit because I ended up getting male attention that made me uncomfortable.   The thing is, when dressed conservatively, I have still received more of the same attention that made me uncomfortable.  Should women have to cover up to get respect?

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show it off

September 15th, 2010
6:46 pm

She wore little in the locker room, got a lot of attention, liked it, and then made a big deal of it to get more media attention. Not a bad strategy—she’ll probably get a nice check from the jets to keep her quiet.

Prez Obozo

September 15th, 2010
6:49 pm

The female has every right to dress as they please but think about why a female does this? They are flaunting their sexuality to get attention from men. However they get their panties in wad if a man looks/cat calls or make remarks UNLESS the guy happens to be young, handsome and/or rich!!! They are gold diggers looking for a rich, easy life they believe they are entitled to!

Brig Young

September 15th, 2010
6:51 pm

Everyone should dress modestly. Dressing less modestly doesn’t give someone the right to stare you down, but it does make it more likely to happen.

Look them in the eyes and tell them: “I’m not a piece of meat” No matter how you are dressed.

Da Analyst

September 15th, 2010
6:51 pm

Are men reporters allowed in women dressing rooms?

She has no right

September 15th, 2010
6:54 pm

She has no right to be in a mens locker room, the NFL and is a private establishment much the way Augusta National is. No such right exists for women for women to be in the locker rooms of the former and a member of the latter. Women are allowed in the locker room, without rights to be there.

bobby

September 15th, 2010
6:54 pm

If she was dressed like I saw her on TV with a boob almost falling out, it no wonder they were saying things to her.

PlainAndSimple

September 15th, 2010
6:55 pm

Yes, she was dressed provacatively. No, she didn’t deserve lewd behavior directed at her regardless of her dress. Yes, the team members who engaged in said behavior should be held accountable. No, members of the opposite sex should not be permitted in the locker rooms for interviews or any other reason.

Bev

September 15th, 2010
6:56 pm

Let’s think for a second here…There are many cultures in which women have to be completely covered up when in public. Right? How are these women treated? In most cases, if not all, they have less rights and FREEDOM that we do here in the U.S.

In my opinion, a woman has the right to wear whatever she wants! If it’s offensive to the onlooker, then they need to resolve their inner conflict with the matter! Ladies, wear whatever you think expresses yourself. Let FREEDOM ring! ;)

RLM

September 15th, 2010
7:05 pm

This is obviously a Telemundo woman. They always look bad. She should not be allowed in locker rooms just as strippers should not be allowed. She is not professional. At least as a journalist. She got what she deserved. Other women dressed decently will not have this problem.

Bonzi Girl

September 15th, 2010
7:11 pm

I don’t think the clothing is the issue here. We have mens bathrooms, womens bathrooms that are isolated to the gender. Mens and Womens locker rooms are in the same category. They need to have a “interview room”. I am sure the Women in sports would not be comfortable with a “man” reporter coming in their locker room when they are changing, etc. A person needs to accept that things like that might happen in a man cave or a women cave. Solution: have an interview room!

Roy Hubbard

September 15th, 2010
7:18 pm

Where’s the picture? Show me the picture! What improper attire?
What ever, female reporters visiting locker rooms should dress accordingly. It’s called having good taste and class.

Paddy O

September 15th, 2010
7:24 pm

A lot depends on the audience. YOU go into a locker of a gang of men who make a livng crushing other large men – who fly around on adrenaline, and you would assume are hyped up already from participating in a football game. If a woman comes in showing off her ass and a large amount of cleavage, she is going to get a reaction. If she does not know this, she is not intelligent or wise enough to have the job she is getting paid to do. All these men have the “freedom of expression” – constitutionally protected behavior. Women have been kissing their own ass for almost four decades. It has gotten to the point that feminism is a movement similar to the “emporer has no clothes”. Your actions impact the actions of others. Honestly, how many people genuinely have a lot of respect for prostitutes and strippers? This “wise latina” dresses in a manner that seriously evokes the image of a whore, yet wants to be treated with respect as though she is Suzy Kolber – who is very good looking, but behaves & projects a professional image. As Ben Franklin advised – be what you want other people to think you are (regarding frugality).

JT

September 15th, 2010
7:25 pm

In my humble opinion, she disrespected herself when she put the outfit on in the first place! Somebody should have checked her(at her employer)and advised here this was not that Latino Channel on TV, where ALL the women have everything hanging out…but that this was a professional sports locker room. It’s the athletes SPACE(the locker room) and they have to watch their attire, so that’s a two way street…

Bev

September 15th, 2010
7:32 pm

I agree with you Bonzi Girl! It would be best if there was an interview room!

smart like a Fox

September 15th, 2010
7:39 pm

keep women out of the locker room……or strip down before you go in….fair is fair.

Bonnie

September 15th, 2010
7:45 pm

She’s a ho ! Plain and simple. Look at the respectful and classy way American female reporters dress around male athletes then look at this foreigner. She dresses provacatively and then she wants to boo hoo because the men are looking at her and catcalling ?? Cut me a break. Go back to Mexico and be a ho there. You are making trouble for our guys and gals over here.

Bob

September 15th, 2010
7:50 pm

Football players don’t wear pinstripes onto the field. I don’t show up to my law office in jeans with holes in them (or any jeans for that matter). You don’t wear a formal gown to go swimming.

Your clothes say something about you and what you are doing.

If you don’t want to be treated like a two bit whore, don’t dress like one.

She has no place in that locker room in the first place. We’ve really lost our minds these days.

J.L.B.

September 15th, 2010
7:57 pm

There is a time and place for everthing! Women do not belong in the mens locker room! The men are running around half naked with towels wrapped around them getting in and out of the showers. The atmosphere is a little more relaxed after a sporting event. Men and Women,oil and water don’t mix in certain environments. It’s like waving a red cape in front of a Bull and not expecting him to charge. If he does you should not be surprised!

Jay

September 15th, 2010
7:59 pm

Women and men should dress appropriately for the business they conduct. If the woman works for Hooter’s or is a “star” on one of the Housewives shows, or if the man is a stripper for bridal showers … there you have it. If a reporter gathering news and information expects to be treated professionally, she/he should look and act the role. If the interview subjects misbehave, the interviewer can be confident SHE was the professional.

4 Jacks

September 15th, 2010
8:15 pm

Its not about covering up. It is about not dressing lilke a whore or at least flautiing everything you got. Face it, these women are just eye candy, I mean how many of them even on the high school level ever put on the pads and went through a grueling 2 to 3 hour practice hitting all day in 90 plus degree heat? So get real, there are many more men that should have these jobs if they are really even needed, but the networks know that sex sales so they put alot of babes in these positions to help ratings. Then these bimbos, dress like this “reporter” and I use the term loosly, and what do they expect. Here is another classic example of a woman getting fame and attention and probably a bigger payday for falunting what she has. Then these women critizes other women for posing in Playboy…hey pot meet kettle…

skip

September 15th, 2010
8:15 pm

Susan McGuire….you are right on point! Women reporters have every right to do their jobs but they must be smart about it. If an attractive woman enters a men’s locker room wearing tight jeans, high heels and a low cut blouse she is asking for problems. Not excusing the dolts who may have made her uncomfortable but common sense says she should have known better.

luckjoe

September 15th, 2010
8:43 pm

She dresses like a slut. She is treated like a slut. Were is the suprise?

J Parson

September 15th, 2010
8:56 pm

I have always believed that a womans clothing or lack of clothing does not give men the the right to say or do anything to her. No rape, no whistle, no cat-calls, nothing!!! He should also refrain from touching her ie hugging, ass slapping,pinching. Treat her like you want people to treat your wife, mother sister, and girlfriend.

you guys r turds

September 15th, 2010
9:03 pm

JDB51

September 15th, 2010
9:15 pm

I am the first one to believe in equal treatment for women in the job field. I am also smart enough and have enough common sense to realize some jobs are not meant for women. Sports reporting is one thing (even though I still think that should be predominantly male) but would male reporters be allowed in the women’s locker rooms? Women’s libbers would have a field day on that one! When these guys get off the football field after 2-3 hours of wearing tight restrictive clothing, they want to be comfortable.

eddie

September 15th, 2010
11:18 pm

if u look good, why would u be worried about what some1 sayz?!?! i think some women do this because of low self esteem. u’r in a setting where there are nothing but men. and with that being said, (it won’t matter what u look like) that’s what men do so why be offended by it?? at the same tyme, u’ll go “out” and be fine az hayell but u won’t want a man telling u (in hiz own way) that u look good?!?! doez he have 2 present u with a glass slipper and talk like hiz name iz Fabio so that u will feel good that some1 gave u a compliment?!?!? i don’t get it. then u’ll come home and wonder why no1 spoke 2 u or looked your way when u do have something revealing on!!! know that u look good period!!! u don’t have 2 respond 2 every “demeaning compliment” (oxymoron) but u don’t have 2 act like some1 can’t tell u that u look good!!! just accept it and move on. funny how good looking women don’t think that they look good themselves!!!

lizbeth

September 16th, 2010
1:10 am

This was a big issue during the ’70s and ’80s. If a woman were raped, the excuse often was “Well, she was asking for it since she was dressed that way.” DAs refused to pursue rape cases because of how women were dressed. Among my circle of friends, “that way” included one wearing a swimsuit at the beach, another for simply being gorgeous with long blonde hair, and one more being told she was asking for it because she was wearing a man’s shirt with the shirttail hanging out with jeans and sneakers. The idea that women must be in business dress so as not to be provocative and cause their own abuse is very close to requiring women to wear burquas because of the belief that men cannot control themselves. Listen to what you are saying. Respect is not in one’s dress; everyone deserves it no matter what they are wearing. But there should be no respect for anyone who thinks another person deserves pain and abuse for any reason.

Oh, yeah, it was also decided way back then, twenty years ago, that women should be allowed to be in locker rooms and men should respect that, too.