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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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2CPTG©

September 15th, 2010
12:02 pm

“@2C well can we Generation X’ers step our game up and quit trying to fit in with them.”

Kym, that’s in line with what luvbug said, our generation scared to grow up…folks ask me am I gon’ dye my salt n pepper goatee, I’m like hell naw, for what….

Guillermo Carlos

September 15th, 2010
12:03 pm

This is what the new media has bought us to. First, when Jayne Kennedy et. al were fighting for equal treatment as journalists, they wanted access as their male counter parts were given to get the story. It was granted and then Ms. Kennedy had a sex video come out soon after. Exploiting yourself for fame and fortune is the name of the game. This beautiful bodied woman came into a men’s locker room dressed damn near…. Well, the real question is; HOW MUCH CAN A HETEROSEXUAL MAN TAKE???? The dumbing down of man’s true nature should be a crime. Who’s speaking about that? You can’t do this, you can’t do that and don’t you dare think primal again. Then they put a show on t.v. about a dude from Utah who has five wives. I guess they are gonna beat the crap out of him. After all is said and done, women still want the BAD BOY, but they want him to have new rules of the game. We are all gonna return to primal stages before we reach our galatic future just as the Roman Empire collasped so will modern society be re-built after a re-org.

savannahdawg

September 15th, 2010
12:03 pm

The days of reporters in the locker room right after a game should stop. Why do reporters need to be in the locker room at all? Why can’t they wait until after the players have had time to shower and change? In this day and age of computers, something needs to change. The NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA need to change their rules. Let the players come out when they are ready. Have a media room and make em wait! Enough of this stupidy!!!

Melo

September 15th, 2010
12:04 pm

@Elijah?

thanx for brokering that Luvbug deal..I do recognize the 3xual tension. She revealed that it has been a long long long time so u know that’s pristine if not almost virgin territory.
Good looking out.

when u see a woman with’ azz or knockers hanging out’ u don’t pay her a compliment. U offer to pay her!

Who Cares?

September 15th, 2010
12:05 pm

OK, so she dresses like a tramp to draw attention to herself. She gets the attention she obviously wanted, and now it’s a problem. I don’t think the issue here is about how she dresses, but how ignorant she is. Yes, she’s too dumb to be allowed in situations and environments like the one in question. Take personal responsibility for your actions, folks. She got what she wanted. Next……..!

It's me....lurker

September 15th, 2010
12:05 pm

Raqi – We wore slips too and couldn’t let my brothers see us…LOL I have 4 brothers and I tell you, if you undressed down to your slip and walked down the hall to the bathroom and one of my brothers happen to see you it was “MAMAAAAAAA she ain’t got no clothes on” I tell you being raised like we were IMO, just made so much better for us having etiquette and manners and class. I have a 15 year old that wants soooo bad to be like those hotties but I ain’t having it. She don’t understand now and think she can’t have any fun but if she follows the rules, which can only give her structure and soundness, she’ll understand later in life…forget what the masses are saying and doing. I tell her though, I’m teaching right from wrong and why it’s needed. I tell her if she wants to do otherwise or head off in the wrong directions (although I don’t want to see that happen), it will be her bed to lay in. I tell her you can do like we did….not understand why mama and daddy gotta be so strict (if though it wasn’t strict) but follow the rules anyway and turn out good or you can buck and in a good ten years from now will ask yourself how did you get there.

double standard

September 15th, 2010
12:06 pm

Are men allowed in WNBA or WPS locker rooms? I’m guessing no and that there’s a double-standard here.

Luvbug

September 15th, 2010
12:07 pm

Melo – You’re getting disgusting. Aint nothing brokered. You know you’re in the dad/uncle zone.

Elijah – I take it back. You’re horrible. LOL

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 15th, 2010
12:07 pm

Stay out of the locker room. Do male reporters go into women’s locker rooms? Try to find some common sense.

double standard

September 15th, 2010
12:08 pm

Savannahdawg, I agree completely. Keep the media out of the locker room.

Raqi

September 15th, 2010
12:08 pm

2CPTG, I agree. Even the hiphuggers and halters are not what we see today. I was looking thru some old pictures just this week of my mother and some of her friends back in the day. While they wore the mini and go-go boots and the huggers and halters it is not the same that we see now. Yeah some of that back then was inappropriate and frowned on but for the most part what they wore was decent.
Showing your underwear??? Where I am from showing a pantyline is unacceptable so you know showing the whole drawers is not appropriate.

It's me....lurker

September 15th, 2010
12:08 pm

Bobby

September 15th, 2010
12:11 pm

Boy has football changed!

If I were the coach or owner I know how I would handle this. From what I read this person was disrupting practice.

In the first place I would bane all reporters, male and female from the locker room.

Secondly I would make all reporters understand that they will dress professionally.

Lastly I would make sure that all reporters and their management understand that if they do anything to disrupt my practices they are out of there!!

The Jets are 0-1 and I don’t look for much out of them this year!

Raqi

September 15th, 2010
12:13 pm

I’m like hell naw, for what

2CPTG, Exactly. I don’t care how young you dress and how much of your age you try to mask your butt still aging on by golly it shows. It freaks me out when I see an elderly person all wrinkled with jet black hair. Not a grey string in sight. Or wearing something their 14 year old granddaughter would wear.

Hell, growing old is a beautiful thing. Why do people fight it so I will never understand.

dalstar

September 15th, 2010
12:14 pm

When you dress like a slut you will be treated like a slut!!!!

KAY

September 15th, 2010
12:14 pm

All I can say is WOW. She dressed like that and went to cover sports knowing that she would herself be covered. She knew what she was doing and did it at will. I would think she wold want to be somewhat professional in her job but she was dressed for a pickup at a bar. Whatever.

SportsMom

September 15th, 2010
12:15 pm

I think it inappropriate for reporters (men and women) to be in the locker room. The locker room is designed for clean up and dress; not interviews. Reporters should wait for the athletes to clean up and then interview them in a designated room.

thebighairybeast

September 15th, 2010
12:16 pm

Just wondering. Would this be big news say if they let me into the Atlanta Dream locker room after a game?

Mother Teresa

September 15th, 2010
12:17 pm

She would make a Nuns outfit look HOT!

Melo

September 15th, 2010
12:17 pm

@Luv??

Uncle? That makes me’ blood but if u over 29, it’s doable!

Difficult to broker?? Maybe but doable indeed!

:lol: Elijah is a slugger, top notch Scott Boras type broker!
u in good hands!

RxDawg

September 15th, 2010
12:19 pm

Look, say what you want, if she dresses like that she cannot think she wont earn a whistle or two. It really is asking for it. If you keep throwing out bait, you’ll eventually catch a fish.

Raqi

September 15th, 2010
12:20 pm

Danggit fooling with yall got me running late. LOL
It’s me, one last thing before I get out of here, have you seen some of the shoes they have for little girls now? They have little 1-1/2” heels on them of 3 and 4 year olds!!!! I was out buying some shoes for Elizabeth and saw those shoes and was like… O.O

Yeah we have got to raise our kids with the same standards our parents had. They won’t like it but they will one day appreciate it.

Jeff

September 15th, 2010
12:20 pm

Yawn! Who cares?

Supa Playa

September 15th, 2010
12:22 pm

It would have been nice if you all showed what she was wearing so we could make educated comments?

2CPTG©

September 15th, 2010
12:22 pm

Raqi, what’s cool though, is I have NO gray whatsoever on my head, just in the goatee…….so I’m catching looks from the 20 somethings, and cougars alike….

Doc Cheney

September 15th, 2010
12:25 pm

sethook

September 15th, 2010
12:25 pm

If you’re going to dress and look like a media whore, expect to be treated like one too. You can’t tease and not expect to get some racy comments.
Question: Are male reporters allowed in women’s dressing rooms in Professional sports?

Dirty Diana ♠

September 15th, 2010
12:26 pm

LOL we have several new folks in the building…I guess WD just promoted the column or ajc.com pushed it out there.

For the most part I agree with sports mom and the others that said it let the players clean up and get dressed.

SexyCool

September 15th, 2010
12:28 pm

Nine times out of ten, when something like this comes to light, it’s not the first time something like this is happened. This just happens to be the incident that put the magnifying glass on it. Kinda like the whole Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill ruckus that started us down the path to where we are now with our current sexual harassment laws.

And…because we are kicking the willy on this….how do you think her ego would have suffered if she received no reaction at all?

Dirty Diana ♠

September 15th, 2010
12:29 pm

@Supa playa GMA had her on yesterday, and they did a good job showing pictures of what she was wearing. At the end of the day it is comical…most of the ladies on here with the body to do it is gulity of tight jeans and a shirt. However I hope that is not our standard for work

SexyCool

September 15th, 2010
12:29 pm

czB – I had my spam filter set to automatically delete suspected spam.
I have have changed that setting.

Could you please try one more time, ma’am, please? LOL!

Zack

September 15th, 2010
12:31 pm

The whole thing comes down to her getting coverage on the air waves. She is already a “reporter” for a latino station. Now she is getting attention on the US stations. Look at how she dresses in the first place. SHE WANTS ATTENTION, PLAN AND SIMPLE. Yes she is a really good looking woman but when the heck have you seen a US reported dress like that to cover a story. Even Erin Andrews with all her attention lately did not dress like that!!!!!!!!

Georgia

September 15th, 2010
12:33 pm

She is wearing jeans and a white shirt?!Good grief

MOS

September 15th, 2010
12:34 pm

Come on, she dressed that way to get attention. Don’t be ignorant.

Leggs

September 15th, 2010
12:36 pm

I see we’re still on topic. How come children get sick when you have something planned! There has to be a better way of signing a sick child out of school!!

On topic: When you’re act work, dress accordingly. Do not wear to work what you would wear on a Sat/Sun out at the park. Even as a sports reporter, if you’re going to be around men all the time, don’t tempt them with a lot of clevage and tight jeans and hoochie shoes. Did you see the bootay on her. When I first saw the picture but not her face, I thought it was a commercial for butt implants!

Slut Dignity

September 15th, 2010
12:36 pm

You can’t dress like a slut in the private bastion of a man’s sporting environment and not expect to be addressed as an object.

This is manufactured outrage generated to garner attention. Lord I’m sick of the media and the idiots who play it like a violin.

brick

September 15th, 2010
12:36 pm

First I want to say I do believe in equal rights for everyone when it comes to the career they choose. But on the other hand, a dressing room should be off limits to the opposite sex regardless of how they are dressed. The athletes are taking showers, changing into their street clothes, what was the lady expecting, her quote was she was trying not to look, regardless of that, those men have wives, girlfriends who I am sure are real happy with an attractive female reporter watchingi them shower and dress. If the lady was uncomffortable why not wait by the door? I also don’t feel a reporter of the same sex should be in the dressing room either, that should be a refuge for the athletes.

lime

September 15th, 2010
12:38 pm

She actually has low self esteem

Sassy Me...built for comfort not for speed :-)

September 15th, 2010
12:39 pm

MIA’s got em coming out of the wood works on this one….

Elise

September 15th, 2010
12:39 pm

Even while being interviewed on Good Morning America about her wearing provocative clothing she was wearing a top with a huge cut-out to show off her ample cleavage. I’m sure she paid a lot of $$$$ for those boobs but to expose them like she did is TOTALLY inappropriate and trashy. What is this world coming to!?!

JB

September 15th, 2010
12:39 pm

The fact is, she was not dressed professionally, and therefore was not treated professionally. Should the players have made cat-calls to her? No, and I, as a straight male, have always thought that was neanderthalic (if that’s a word). But, she shares some blame here. I mean really, she is obviously extremely attractive, and she should know better than to go into a testosterone-filled locker room dressed like she is going dancing at a club instead of working. Maybe she needs to think about her dress code and cover up a little bit. Or, maybe this is all on purpose to further her career? Definitely a strong possibility.

FN Jerk

September 15th, 2010
12:40 pm

This is a talk that I have had with my teenage daughter. If you walk in to a lion’s den wearing nothing but clothes made of rib-eyes and t-bones and then get attacked and chewed on, do you then stand back and only blame the lions for doing what lions do? Teach your daughters to be smarter and more vicous than any predator. I know I have. Eyeballs come out, ears come off, noses break, and tracheas collapse aka Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat mantra. Most humans are only one level above animals, and if you can’t, won’t, or don’t believe me then explain the need for laws. If a majority of humans are truly “civilized” then there should be no need for any legislation. Only law abiding people care about what laws say.
And….yes, i know that sexual harrassment and rape sucks and shouldnt happen. However, if you think that because a bunch of politicians put it down in writing that sex related crimes are a no-no that you are safe to do whatever, whenever, and wherever you want without consequence then you are sadly mistaken. Both males and female prove this one over time and time again.

Elise

September 15th, 2010
12:41 pm

Let’s just not give this slutty dressing “reporter” any more attention than we already have.

Ms. KP

September 15th, 2010
12:41 pm

You don’t see male reporters dressing like hoochies in the locker rooms even the gay ones dress appropriately. (no offense) As a matter of fact when was the last time a man did an interview in a ladies locker room in some spandex with his manhood imprint showing?

RichieRich86

September 15th, 2010
12:42 pm

If Women can’t handle being hit on and flirted with then that’s not the business you should get into. Guys expecially athletes are going to try to HOlla atcha. If you can’t handle it move on to another career.

Elijah ( I want some of dat)

September 15th, 2010
12:43 pm

Elijah?

thanx for brokering that Luvbug deal..I do recognize the 3xual tension. She revealed that it has been a long long long time so u know that’s pristine if not almost virgin territory.
Good looking out.

@Melo ….. You are welcome my African bruther…. It’s our J.O.B. to help out women with those angst issues….. LuvBug it’s on and poppin… Don’t be shy…. :smile:

Mom

September 15th, 2010
12:44 pm

I personally do not feel that this woman should have been in the men’s locker room. Level the playing field for all media personnel and only allow interviews to happen in a designated area. Athletes professional or not need to be reminded that manners are free and to always treat people with courtesy and respect.

Tat

September 15th, 2010
12:45 pm

Men and Women, dress for respect! Women have no business being in a mens locker room. Some women dress sexy to get noticed by men and then complain when the men notice them. Give me a break!

What's Important

September 15th, 2010
12:45 pm

This “reporter”, and I use the word lightly, is the woman who showed up to interview Tom Brady in a wedding dress so she could propose to him. Give me a break. Look, I’m a woman, but why should men who are getting showered and dressed after a hard played football game have to worrying about some woman getting offended by the naked male anatomy. If she is, she needs to wait outside and catch them coming out of the locker room. She dresses as she does to get attention and then resents it when she gets it. Can’t have it both ways.

nick

September 15th, 2010
12:45 pm

Actually none of the media should be allowed in the locker room. Why can’t they have an area set up outside the locker room where players can meet the media? The media has no business, male or female being in the locker room. That should be the players sanctuary.