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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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i'm swiss™

September 15th, 2010
10:19 am

“seriously I can’t see riding the subway in NYC looking like that.”

Kym — Can you imagine how many STDs she would pick up (or leave behind) through those fish nets if she sat on the NYC subway??? :lol:

Luvbug

September 15th, 2010
10:20 am

i'm swiss™

September 15th, 2010
10:20 am

Luvbug:lol: @ Fox News… Yeah, you’re right — they have all the conservative eye-candy that the closeted gay Repubs pretend they’d like to f@#k… :lol:

blue - ½ -n- ½

September 15th, 2010
10:21 am

@Luvbug@Melo – this line of thinking brings to mind those instances where folks say because a woman dressed a certain way or was in a certain place she was asking to be harassed or assaulted. imo, a big difference between asking for this treatment and realizing it is a foreseeable outcome of a situation, thus allowing to take/or not take as the case may be, necessary precautions.

It's me....lurker

September 15th, 2010
10:22 am

czbrat and luvbug – Yeah, Telemundo…Univision…Fox ‘New’ Network…all let the ladies dress that way.

An former coworker, Rosa from Cuba ALWAYS dressed provocatively. Sweet as ever, bless her heart but we had to have sooo many Dress Code Meetings to refresh and remind. She always said it was apart of their culture.

Idontseenothing

September 15th, 2010
10:22 am

Sadly, Ines will be on the next Dancing With the Stars. She got her 8 out of her 15 seconds of fame.

I agree with M., sports is a male-dominated industry,esp. football. They have added more women as reporters on the field, rather than in the studios. If I catch my husband looking at Pam Oliver(?) on Fox/ESPN on more time and I am going to cut-off his sports package channels. She dresses conservatively, but she got some sista-girl hips.

Luvbug

September 15th, 2010
10:22 am

swiss – Fox has the lady candy…CNN tries to have the men candy. I think those pretenders are sneaking in some CNN. LOL

I am whatever you say I am

September 15th, 2010
10:24 am

Should women cover up?
Being the cheeleader for Purple Rain’s team in which he has me cheering in nothing more than pom poms since he has yet to provide a uniform I have begun to wonder the same question my dayum self.
:lol:

Melo

September 15th, 2010
10:24 am

Luvbug?

When in Rome do what the Romans do. Ever heard that?
That’s why American reporters put on head scarfs when reporting live from the middle east.

I ain’t no Afghan expert but been to India, same conservatism with their religion and practices. When I attempted to get a chic it was on the sly coz they don’t roll with non hindu in public.

So ur question?? :roll:

I am whatever you say I am

September 15th, 2010
10:24 am

SHOUT OUTS: Melo, blue 1/2 +1/2, white man swiss, M.dot

SexyCool

September 15th, 2010
10:25 am

Melo – maybe your balls will drop tonight.

Mary

September 15th, 2010
10:27 am

Let’s see, you enter a male dominated sport, you enter a male dominated locker room, and you are claiming harrassment? Ummmmmm, kinda redundant don’t you think? Unbelievable….

Raqi

September 15th, 2010
10:29 am

She said, in Mexico we do!

Leggs, I think it’s just part of the Mexican younger women culture these days. Heck just going to Walmart and seeing the Hispanic women walking around there let you know they tend to dress quite revealing on any given day. The older women tend be well covered but the younger women usually have on half shirts with their midriff showing or a belly roll hanging over their pants. All of their cleavage exposed, short shorts or skirts or skin tight pants. Their attire is usually very revealing.

Simple Man!!!!

September 15th, 2010
10:29 am

Wait a minute….So everyone keeps saying she was out of bounds by the way she dressed…But whats was wrong with her wearing Jaens boots and sbutton down shirt??? Her Jeans fit, but she did not have a camel toe… Her shirt was not cut low…No Belly button and no cleavage, And on top of that she was on teh sideline during training camp!!! She was dresed like every other reporter there, she just happend to look soooooo much better in her gear than they did…

Mike P

September 15th, 2010
10:31 am

Good Morning All,

Should women cover up to get respect?
Short Answer: HELLZ YES!!!

Not surprising. I am curious what everyone thinks about how a woman’s clothes impacts the way she is treated. = Dress like a h0e, get treated like a h0e, dress like a lady get treated like one… its as simple as that

If she is not covered enough does it mean she wants to get disrespected? = It’s not about respect or lack of… we’re thinking u wanna be treated like a h0e, that’s not being disrespectful, that’s treating u the way we think you wanna be treated.

What are your thoughts on female reporters in sports? Do you think they belong in the locker rooms to interview players? = Take a bunch of half nude/ nude guys in a locker room after playing sports, blood is pumping, adrenaline is high, and all kinds of hormones are high include testosterone… now throw in a young, woman who’s dressed like a h0e… you all can do the math.

Dirty Diana ♠

September 15th, 2010
10:32 am

Ok, and these young American girls dress just as bad. I am not going to put that on the Hispanic culture or “Mexican” younger women. Also, I have seen Americans in Cali, Miami, and Vegas dressing very provocative. Society has changed people, especially younger folks are not dressing like Grandma.

Luvbug

September 15th, 2010
10:37 am

Melo – My question aint changed. I asked Melo about Melo, not about Rome or India.

If your answer is yes, that’s all you’ve got to say. You don’t care what the circumstance. Any man harassing a woman is a man of your kind. Good for you.

Plus, don’t start with me this morning Melo. I’ve used up all my patience with the folks here. No time to spare for BS.

However, I do have an opening next Tuesday between 2:00:00 – 2:00:37 pm…if you’d like for me to schedule you in. :lol:

Hugs is all you’re getting today Pookey.

M. (pronouced M dot)

September 15th, 2010
10:38 am

@SC

I agree with you because Erin Andrews was playing the victim at first but totally spun this to a whole new level of fame. I wonder if she is like well I really wasnt famous until that incident so I dont want that fame just my old life back? Of Course not.

Who knows, maybe she paid the guy to do it?

We always have to be mindful of peoples agendas.

justsayin

September 15th, 2010
10:38 am

It doesn’t matter your race people…the woman who wear revealing clothes are out there everywhere. I don’t feel that you are what you wear but you should have more respect for your body than to degrade yourself with these Sl*u*tty lookin outfits. Just dress decent and then you don’t have so many neanderthals wootin and hollerin at you. Its simple.

i'm swiss™

September 15th, 2010
10:38 am

I’ve never understood why reporters (and especially cameras) are allowed in locker rooms to begin with. I’m sure some of the ladies on here might disagree, but I can do without seeing Visanthe Shiancoe’s wang on the post-game show. But if we’re gonna go there, then I’m in favor of full equality. Translation: I want a camera in the Wimbledon locker room so I have a chance to catch a glimpse of Serena’s booty, thank you very much… :lol:

czBrat

September 15th, 2010
10:41 am

it’s me, the company i worked for in fla gave up on trying to control what the predominantly hispanic workforce considered work-appropriate. they instituted uniforms.

you’re right about the american younguns DD. difference is that, for the most part, american women grow out of it and become a bit more age/occasion appropriate with their presentation. hispanic women still tend to think that revealing = sexy (hence ‘attractive’) at any age. my 77-year-old, panamanian mother still wears house slippers with feathers and glitter on them because she absolutely MUST have some sense of hot n’ sexy goin on. LOL

Simple Man!!!!

September 15th, 2010
10:41 am

I Am @ 10:24 …seems like Purple is never going to come across with that uniform so if at some point you decide that you are ready to jump ship…me and Melo will always have a place for you… :D

AmazonRed™

September 15th, 2010
10:43 am

If Gabourey Sidibe aka Precious was interested in being a sports reporter would they let her in the locker room?

Yes. Because not all reporters are on air reporters. Newspaper reporters, online etc are allowed in there too.

It's me....lurker

September 15th, 2010
10:43 am

czbrat – they instituted uniforms.

That’s funny.

Melo

September 15th, 2010
10:43 am

@Luvbug?

Why u gotta ask me’ a question but transplant me’ to Afghanistan?

I do what I do here!
Anyway, how can a woman be conservatively dressed in Afghanistan but have mp head gear? In their mind, not mine, she ain’t not conservatively dressed enough! Unless u don’t understand the culture there, stick with america.
When I’m there I’m rolling with them.

@Sexxycool I hope they do, nice line u used.
@I am? Hey chocolate!

i'm swiss™

September 15th, 2010
10:44 am

What’s up, i am…? How you doin’?

blue - ½ -n- ½

September 15th, 2010
10:47 am

@I Am – waving Hiii…
@DD – yeah, these young ones are a bit scary in their dress and attitude, but then i go to these PTA meeting and see the mommas, the aunts, sometimes the grandmothers and im going “d@mn, the apple dont fall far from the tree”….for some of those young ladies i think its an example of not having good role models to teach them what is apporpriate and what isnt…

Melo

September 15th, 2010
10:47 am

Have no head gear

Simple Man!!!!

September 15th, 2010
10:48 am

Hello ARed… How are you this mornig???

M. (pronouced M dot)

September 15th, 2010
10:52 am

@AmazonRed™

Oh ok. I meant will she be on tv like michelle tafoya or suzi kalberg?

Mo (aka Moeisha )

September 15th, 2010
10:53 am

blue 1/2-n-1/2 – “but then i go to these PTA meeting and see the mommas, the aunts, sometimes the grandmothers and im going “d@mn, the apple dont fall far from the tree”……. Aint that the truth!! You look around like “who in da hell left da gate open?!?!” It makes no sense, but like you said, you see that the younguns get it honest. Sad but oh so true….

TioEd

September 15th, 2010
10:54 am

Why is it OK for women reporters to be in mens’ locker rooms, but not male reporters in a females’ locker room? I don’t feel that any reporter should be interviewing sports figures when they are trying to clean up after a game. Wait until they leave the locker room, and the do the interview.

Raqi

September 15th, 2010
10:56 am

czBrat and It’s me, my ex sister-in-law was telling me recently about the enforcement of uniforms in the schools. She was saying that when she would go to her sons’ school the way some of those girls were dressed was just too revealing for their age on top of it being inappropriate for a school environment.

She said at one of the parent meetings some of the parents were opposing the wearing of uniforms but the majority was for it.

The school my oldest went to didn’t have a uniform enforcement but I remember my son telling me about a few kids he knew had their parents called to pick them up when they wore something inappropriate. The school had its own in house dress codes long before the school systems starting enforcing them.

Where I used to work we had a strict dress code. Business and business casual. Maybe a couple of times a year we would have a casual day but even then a memo was send out stating was appropriate and inappropriate to wear.

There are just situations where a higher authority has to make folks do the right thing because when given a choice they won’t do it voluntarily.

Luvbug

September 15th, 2010
10:58 am

Melo- You can be conservative and not covered…but yes, I’ve got your answer. LOL

It’s not really different from the universal standard…sometimes its kinda okay to abuse women…specifics to be determined by social norms in your neighborhood.

Kym

September 15th, 2010
11:04 am

@Raqi I am amazed at what I see folks wearing on Fun Fridays at our office. During the week you can get what would pass for business casual but Friday..all bets are off. I had to go over to Fulton Co early one friday morning and this guy and gal were walk in front of me. Him in the sagging pants..her in the glitter tank top, 3 inch heels, and skin tight jeans. I thought they were there for a case..instead I look both have on county badges..nope staff..like I said Fun Friday.

SexyCool

September 15th, 2010
11:04 am

Mo – that seems to be your *Question of the Week.* LOL!

Melo

September 15th, 2010
11:05 am

@Luvbug??

It is not cool being ignorant of the facts.
There is no universality on conservatism.
Not having head gear in Afghanistan is considered defiling Islam!

It’s actually a dangerous thing to do.

So why don’t u ask me’ a more well informed question coz clearly ur mind is stuck on American values of conservatism.

Afghanistan us a muslim country… Conservative and No head gear do not rhyme!

Angst!
(help me’ Sexxyleggs) :lol: somebody??

Fire Frank Wren

September 15th, 2010
11:06 am

I don’t think any reporters–male or female–belong in the locker room. The locker room is the team’s lone gathering place–a sanctuary. As an athlete, it’s important to have a sacred place where you can be with your teammates and only your teammates.

It’s not a matter of gender. No reporters should be allowed in the locker room.

Mo (aka Moeisha )

September 15th, 2010
11:07 am

SexyCool – definitely! lol! too much going on! But that K-Ci/JoJo thing still has me like :shock:

Bib Nick

September 15th, 2010
11:07 am

Look like a whore…Get treated like a whore…

kimmie

September 15th, 2010
11:08 am

Morning gang!

This is a no-brainer. You dress appropriately for the situation. Period. And yes, there will be some tired men that will still say & do inappropriate things if you wore a muu muu, some extra-large sweatpants and a mexican poncho all at the same time. I was over at Clark Atlanta working on a special project years ago during Freaknic. I was professionally dressed, covered loosely from head to toe. When I went out to walk to another building dudes were still videotaping me just like they were the girls wearing next to nothing.

EVERYONE is after their 15 minutes of fame. I have become a cynic and I hate that. But this has publicity stunt written all over it, just like Balloon Boy. She will be on DWTS and have her own reality show next about her life as a female sports reporter.

There are so many more important things going on in the world that we need to be paying attention to!

Dirty Diana ♠

September 15th, 2010
11:10 am

my 77-year-old, panamanian mother still wears house slippers with feathers and glitter on them because she absolutely MUST have some sense of hot n’ sexy goin on.

@CzBrat that is too cute, your mom wearing her sexy slippers. She understands that she needs something hot n’ sexy going on so she is showing off her slippers instead of wearing a tube top.

@blue you are right about the parents. I have plenty of teachers in my family and they complain about the parents coming to the school wearing “stuff” that is against the dress code from house pj’s to booty shorts.

Raqi

September 15th, 2010
11:11 am

MikeP, I agree with you however it is also about perception. People perceive things different. What one may think to be sexy or classy, another may feel is trashy. So to say a woman dressing a certain way she deserves to be treated in a certain manner is unfair. What others perceive may very well not be what is intended by the wearer.
I heard a guy where I used to work tell a lady that when they were not in the work environment she did not dress sexy or unrestricted enough. But the woman had her way of dressing. He called it old fashion and uptight but she on the other hand felt his idea of sexy was trashy.

dshep

September 15th, 2010
11:11 am

Man she is Hot, Hot, Hot!!!!! And to think that she does not like this attention, is rediculous. Man, she is hot! Women are just crazy to wear next to nothing and think dudes are not going to whistle,stare,etc. How are these players supposed to concentrate on work with that Hot Chick running around showing off her tatas? HUMAN NATURE! Bunch of freakin whining Liberals piss me off!!!!

czBrat

September 15th, 2010
11:13 am

Raqi, i went to my son’s high school one day to sign him out for an appointment. my mouth hung open the entire time i spent sitting in the attendance office waiting for him. of course the boys had all their drawers well publicized. but even the girls looked like hookers. right down to their ‘pleaser’ shoes. mind you, we lived in windermere (yes, the same windermere as tiger & elin) and this school supposedly adheres to a strict dress code.

now i get the whole “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” thing. but in this case, at ptsa and school events these parents were very well put-together. i never expected their kids to look like gutter trash.

kimmie

September 15th, 2010
11:13 am

kimmie – Oh, and how about I saw a sister in a burka about a month ago and it was rather tight and you could see the imprint of her thong. :shock:

John

September 15th, 2010
11:14 am

2 points- the lady in question is an extremely attractive lady. I’m sure that is a huge plus for her in her field. This dates back to Jane Pauley losing out to a younger more attractive lady years ago. Debra Norville. WHile Jane was highly respected, the network figured the younger sexier lady would help ratings. Men are Men, on the street, in the board room and especially in a football locker room…..

It's me....lurker

September 15th, 2010
11:14 am

Raqi – I feel bad for people (be it school or work) that knows what’s appropriate but because some that won’t comply or seem to lack knowledge, then enforcement is what schools and organizations have to resort. If it keeps unity by enforcing, and we shouldn’t have to enforce grown folks, then I’m all in.

CoolShadow

September 15th, 2010
11:15 am

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?

In this culture, what we wear has a great influence and in some cases will dominate on how we are perceived. We have the right to wear what we want but in the same vein we can get rejected by what we wear (or not). For given scenarios and environments there may not always be a formal policy regarding dress code but you know there are rules in relation to appropriateness of dress. A female that works at a construction site wears a cheerleader outfit with no panties as her attire and gets upset when she gets catcalls; she may be within her rights to wear her outfit but how many people would sympathize with her given her attire and the environment she chose to wear it in?

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?

Women could wear potato sacks and inevitably some man will try to holler. Sometimes women can be dressed innocuously in sweats, t-shirts and baseball caps or bandannas and they’re still radiating sexiness because their less than glamorous look diminishes nothing about them. But if a woman knows she’ll be in an environment where she might not want all of the attention that she may garner, it might be in her interest to tone down her attire to deflect some of the attention or in some cases be taken seriously.

Luvbug

September 15th, 2010
11:16 am

Melo – My question was a mixed one and I didn’t want to go into detail, so I dropped it and took the answer that I assumed you gave. Be it my question well informed or not, it wasn’t about the location, but the act…not about the custom, but your personal response to it in comparison.

Let us assume that I’m not well informed and apply ONLY the act described and your support of the act you described. Do you still support it, no matter the country or ethnicity or custom…ONLY the act??

Unless otherwise stated, I’ve assumed your answer is yes to some degree. it so, it wouldn’t be uncommon.