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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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Mom2mk

September 15th, 2010
4:42 pm

Why do women assume that they have to dress provacatively to look beautiful or appealing? I would not dress that way and definitely don’t want my daughter to dress that way. There is a lot to be said for classy women who know how to dress appropriately.

SM

September 15th, 2010
4:46 pm

So a team that trots out scantilly clad women cheerleaders complains about a sideline reporter with jeans and a tight shirt on? LOL
What a joke. They act like she was wearing a bikini.

Leggs

September 15th, 2010
4:46 pm

@Mom2mk ~ the men have told us time and time again, they think a woman in sweats and a ponytail is more attractive than a woman tight jeand and WestEnd hoochie shoes. Well, they didn’t quite use those words (LOL).

czBrat

September 15th, 2010
4:47 pm

you ladies will have no choice but come us BLOG men….
you seem to be making an assumption there are no DL men on the blog. that’s a pretty powerful assumption.

Y'all Crazy!

September 15th, 2010
4:49 pm

This stuff is hilarious. Not condemning or condoning, but dressing the way she does probably increases her chances at an interview.

boys will b boys; girls will b girls

September 15th, 2010
4:50 pm

Discression is the better part of valor on both sides of the microphone. There is plenty of blame to go around. The locker room is not an audition for Hooters waitresses nor can these multi-million dollar athletes act like pubescent teen-age boys.

Melo

September 15th, 2010
4:50 pm

Power ball tonite!!

Christy

September 15th, 2010
4:50 pm

I don’t think that anyone deserves it or the way they dress should be considered “asking for it”, however, I also don’t think it’s professional to go on national television to do an interview with your breasts practically popping out of your shirt. It’s just not appropriate.

E-nice

September 15th, 2010
4:52 pm

As a former collegiate athlete let me start by saying that female reporters/journalist are a welcomed part of sports. However they should not be allowed in locker rooms, and certainly provocative dress is inappropriate.
I am going to play devil’s advocate here, we have over a thousand African American and Caucasian reporters in football and this has never been an issue until we bring in a reporter of Hispanic heritage. Does this close doors for Hispanic female reporters?

Luvbug

September 15th, 2010
4:54 pm

Does this close doors for Hispanic female reporters?

No

Y'all Crazy!

September 15th, 2010
4:57 pm

She knows it is inappropriate, but she also knows that sex sells. btw, if a male reporter went into a men’s locker room dressed out of the ordinary (bermuda shorts, black dress socks and sandals, for example), he would get inappropriate comments also. Inappropriate stuff happens in men’s locker rooms.

Y'all Crazy!

September 15th, 2010
4:58 pm

@e-nice: only if they are fine and scantily clad.

Leggs

September 15th, 2010
4:58 pm

Zen teaching:

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow.. In fact, just piss off and leave me alone.

Good night everyone!

Mikedawg

September 15th, 2010
5:00 pm

I think as a grown women it’s a choice you make and need to live with it. It’s not like she get’s dressed and comes out looking sexy by accident.
I think it’s an issue of personal responsibility. If players are to be help accountable for their actions, then the reporters need to be held accountable for their appearance.
I would also like to comment that she didn’t file a complaint so in this case I have problem with the reporter in question. Also, let’s be real, some of the “talent” that has gotten her this far has to do with her on camera appearance, she’s hot and she knows it. Good for her.

Melo

September 15th, 2010
5:01 pm

In the bedroom she deserves no respect.

Let her strip completely naked and then tore her up!

Good nite.

ok for now

September 15th, 2010
5:10 pm

One of the things – even after all these years – that women DO NOT GET about men is that they (men) are very VISUAL creatures. Their brain is hardwired that when they see an attractive woman – it really gets their attention; particularly if the woman is wearing more revealing clothing, short skirts, and showing cleavage. Right or wrong that is just the way it is. I don’t care what the feminist say or think that men just “need to grow-up” – that is how men are wired.
So to say that a woman should be able to wear anything she wants (without gaining UNWANTED attention) is just plain stupid and ignorant and leading women down the wrong path.
Lastly, if a woman wants more respect – then she will dress more appropriately; not to gain attention to the most base instinct (sex) of men. Does not the way a man dress often determines whether he is treated with respect? Yes, I think so. If your doctor or banker or lawyer should up at his office or in court or the hospital wearing shorts and a tee-shirt (with a beer ad on it) – you wouldn’t take him very serious either.

whatfor

September 15th, 2010
5:15 pm

Why is it that women are, allowed by law, to access mens locker rooms – but men can’t access womens locker rooms. That is a fact. No male reporters are allowed in the womens – is this not discrimination based on sex?

Barack Obama

September 15th, 2010
5:16 pm

Man, I’d hit that thang, She be one fiiiiine beeyatch. Now don’t get me wrong. Michelle is a total freak in the bedroom and is into all sort of kinky stuff. I mean, the other night, she aksed me to let her bring Janet Napolitano in with us. I was tempted, but I draw the line somewhere. I took care of old Janet’s phat backside after Michelle left for vacation. I can’t wait for Michelle to get back. Time to bend her over in the Lincoln bedroom again!

AJ

September 15th, 2010
5:18 pm

I just had this conversation in a meeting today. As a woman in the sports world, I find this to be a powerful play sometimes. Oftentimes, if you allow the common misconception that you are merely a woman dressed slutty, sexy or are just a vamp it is a powerful card in your pocket. Because then when you sink your teeth in as the powerful, intelligent, heavyhitting professional that you are underneath that outfit when you are doing contract negotiations, sponsorships etc. the guys never see it coming and are caught offguard because they were only thinking about taking you out for a drink and getting lucky after the game, not taking you seriously when you just acquired his territories sponsorships bc he was so confident he had it all wrapped up.

Just Groovy

September 15th, 2010
5:19 pm

I agree with you as well Susan. Her attire was not appropriate for business. I happen to work in the sports industry as well and as a women we are well aware that we are interacting with men. Most of the men are in there early 20’s. As a mature woman, she should of known that her dress was inappropriate. She should take her ques from Suzie Kolber, Pam Oliver, and Michelle Tafoya, all sideline reports on major networks that dress professionally! Her attire was deemed for a bar or club not a place of business. She wanted the attention! She wanted to be noticed for her “assets”.

Dixie Redcoat Band

September 15th, 2010
5:22 pm

It must illegal to have a white male doing sideline reporting for college football and the nfl!

Robert Overby

September 15th, 2010
5:25 pm

She belongs in that locker room like men belong in the Womens Tennis locker room.

Isa

September 15th, 2010
5:26 pm

In a professional world, yes, they do! What was she expecting with the outfit she had? It’s crazy to even try to discuss that!

Oldman Mtn

September 15th, 2010
5:30 pm

When a woman is disrespected, or even raped, in Islamic countries, the woman is blamed for dressing “provocatively”. Is this where we are going?

LydiasDad

September 15th, 2010
5:32 pm

Yeah, inappropriate. But in a good way.

George

September 15th, 2010
5:34 pm

Does this mean I get to make my way to the locker room of the WNBA finals? What happens if one of these girls throw a basketball at me?

Booty luver

September 15th, 2010
5:37 pm

1. Women dress that way to get attention from men. She got what she wanted.
2. A locker room with halmost naked men is not where women should be. Men can’t go into wome’s locker rooms and don’t even think about it “being different”.
3. There are media rooms where women shoujld interview the men and the men should interview the women.
4. She and most other reporterettes are exploiting real gender differences and anyone that thinks otherwise should pull their head out of the sand.

John John

September 15th, 2010
5:45 pm

Wise Diva,
You have misstated the issue. This is not a question of a woman needing to cover up to be respected. This is an issue of a person needing to show respect to other people by dressing appropriately. When a situation puts a clothed person physically close to and viewing a person in a state of undress, decorum and respect for the unclothed required certain conduct from the clothed person. Imagine this scenario: A male doctor comes into the exam room to examine you and he is wearing a body shirt open halfway down the front, no undershirt and super tight pants of a very thin fabric that clearly show the bulge of his male anatomy. Would you feel comfortable? I’ll bet that you would not. How about he is wearing a tank top? I can’t believe that you would let him go through with the exam. Now, locker rooms, football players and reporters do not rise to the level of intimacy or vulnerability of doctors and patients but the principle is the same. Many athletes have noted their discomfort with reporters, especially women reporters, in the locker room. It is incumbent upon the athletes to try and cover up as best as possible while being respectful to the reporters. It is incumbent upon the reporters to conduct themselves in a certain manner too, and this includes appropriate dress. Any way you cut it, this woman was way out of line for dressing the way she did for the environment she was in. Were some of the players out of line? No doubt but you should not excuse her behavior either

BULLDAWG BILL

September 15th, 2010
5:46 pm

There should be no women or men in the locker room when players and coaches are getting dressed. All interviews should take place in a designated area outside the locker room. Give players and coaches some privacy.

She should wear whatever she wants to wear and project whatever image she wants to project. The same goes for the men.

FOR REAL

September 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

NOTHING LIKE DRESSING LIKE A SLUT AMD BEING CAT CALLED. BOTH MEN AND WOMEN ARE PIGS TODAY. MEN LOVE A SLUT AND YET WOMEN ARE TORTURED BECAUSE OF HOW THEY DRESS. DO WHAT YOU LIKE; BE STRONG A CUSS THEY ASS OUT AND ONE WAY OR ANOTHER THEY WILL GET IT.

ROHAN

September 15th, 2010
5:50 pm

dress how or whatever way you want. cuss a beyotch out and they will get it. i am not sure how sexual harrasment happens; NO MEANS NO and shut the f up or STOP it generally sufice to someone with some BRAINS. some people just don’t have the ability to put their foot down. Iwork with women who mean it and they kick ass and they are lots of fun.

jay

September 15th, 2010
5:51 pm

All I know is she is freaking hot and has an ass out of this world!!!!!!

only in America

September 15th, 2010
5:51 pm

Only in America is this an issue, if people would just look at other cultures you would see that this is normal for South America to dress this way. If you got it why not show it!

aj

September 15th, 2010
5:55 pm

Her A$$ IS DOPE!!!!

Meme

September 15th, 2010
5:57 pm

She knew exactly what she was doing and got all the press she wanted.

Jim

September 15th, 2010
5:57 pm

Women like her want it all–they want to infiltrate the traditional man’s world and flaunt their wares for attention and when men pay them the attention they seek, they piss and moan about it.

Either cover up with looser clothing or thank the men for paying you attention since that’s what you wanted anyway.

Better yet–shut up!

jojo

September 15th, 2010
5:57 pm

her booty is DOPE!!!!!

patrick

September 15th, 2010
5:58 pm

So to be clear….if I walk into womens locker room were women are in various stages of undress, I would be arrested. If a woman dressed like a sl.ut walks into a mens dressing room she wants respect? Really? Hey I have an idea…..DON’T GO INTO A MENS LOCKER ROOM DRESSED LIKE A SL.UT

patrick

September 15th, 2010
6:00 pm

No does not mean no, if u advertise a product expect someone to offer to purchase it

godoggo

September 15th, 2010
6:17 pm

Did everyone see her “tweet” pic ? She had what we used to call “a letter” in her jeans they were so tight…

If i walked on the sidelines with a pair of spanx on and All much Junk hangin…would that be apporpriate ? Surely not…

It’s all come down to the “womanz movement and womanz rights”….or as many men say today “carrying the V agina card”

Can i get an Amen ?

Mrs. Morris

September 15th, 2010
6:22 pm

YOU’RE NOT COVERING UP TO GET RESPECT, YOU’RE COVERING UP TO BE RESPECTFUL !!! IF YOU GOT TO BE A SLUT ON THE JOB THEN WHAT??? ARE YOU SAYING YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW YOUR JOB. YES, YES, YES, THESE MEN ARE A LOT OF TIME AWAY FROM HOME AND FEELING LONELY. SOME DON’T BUT MOST TRY TO BE FAITHFUL AND THEY DON’T NEED A WOMAN FLASHING HER SEXUALITY IN FRONT OF THEM. Women: What do you really want to be? I am sick and down right tired of women in places a man should be. YES, I SAID IN PLACES WHERE A MAN SHOULD BE!!! There are: male and female teams. Why can’t the women report on women and men report on men, because in today’s society everytime you look around it’s a lawsuit, sexual harassment etc. and I’m going to tell you if I’m in a locker room and we just won our big game I want to be MYSELF. WE WON AND WE EARNED THAT RIGHT!!! That maybe a time that some; speak however they feel, manners forgotten and … When you enter there you invade their space. For what??? The big name you wanna make for yourself. I remember an incident that happened over 20 years ago. A guy was a very respectable young man an angel you could almost say. He was on a team that won a specific game and he was so proud. Not only did they win by a high number it was a team that until he got there they had never beat. Talking out of excitement he found himself running, jumping, shouting, and finishing everyone’s sentence his adrenaline was so high. A female that he had always liked as a sister walked up to him and he grabbed her, kissed her, and in the heat of the moment as the other guys were doing grabbed her but. Everyone else hollowering yea … and so did he until he realized it was her. They dragged him in the locker room and made it the big talk since until then they called him Christian boy and geek boy. When he got home he told his parents what happened and they asked how did he feel. He said at the time I was on cloud 9 but when I realized what happened (I couldn’t apologize in front of the guys because I have seen what they do to that person with words. Because they know you are out of control right then) May I go over and talk with her I know words can’t take it back, and had I said something then she would have gotten a bad reputation right then because the more said would have added the worst on. He went over and the girl and her family understood and knew he protected her reputation. Why did I tell you this? Because the young man never scored in a game and never enjoyed another game he played in because he had to be mindful of his surroundings it took away from his focus. He felt like even in the locker room (which should have been their home away from home) the camera’s were there, watching them get dressed waiting on a mistake. THE SAYING A WOMAN CAN DO WHAT A MAN CAN AND DO IT BETTER IS JUST A SAYING!!! WHY??? BECAUSE A MAN CAN’T BE A MAN WHEN A WOMAN IS INVADING HIS PRIVACY. AND IF MY MAN WAS IN THE THE LOCKER ROOM REPORTER OR NOT YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS IN THERE. LOCKER ROOM IS FOR THE TEAM PRIVACY AND YOU KNOW THEY’RE SHOWERING AND THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WAIT ON YOU TO SHOWER. You can report on a game without being down with the team. NOT JUST SPORTS !!! GIVE ME ANY CASE AND I CAN TELL YOU WEATHER A MAN SHOULD BE THERE OR A WOMAN. I’M ALSO SICK OF STUPID CASES IN COURT THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW IF IT’S A CASE THAT SHOULD BE FILED JUST ASK ME.

yessir

September 15th, 2010
6:25 pm

Hey, I got blanked…and I didn’t even say anything!

Pantypotomus

September 15th, 2010
6:25 pm

The clothes make the man….or is it the woman?

Old Fogey

September 15th, 2010
6:29 pm

Women should wear nothing at all and see what kind of respect they get. They don’t leave much to the imagination as it is. I find semi-nude women in public an egocentric bunch, as well as tattoos and the use of foul language in “normal” conversation. One has the opportunity to witness all three at once in most neighborhoods as Barbie want-to-bes walk by squaking on their “like” cellphones.

yessir

September 15th, 2010
6:37 pm

To her, this controversy is a dream come true. Not as bad as the ESPN chick, but it’s getting there.

MeaneyMouse

September 15th, 2010
6:38 pm

Hell yeah. She was dressed just like a ho. She was asking for it. Betcha her bloomers was all wet b4she left the joint /(*. .*)\

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

factseeker

September 15th, 2010
6:39 pm

Women should not be interviewing men in designated male locker rooms…men should not be interviewing women in female designated locker rooms-period.

Woman should cover up (clothing wise) out of respect for themselves. A little “less” form fitting/tightness wouldn’t hurt either.

As far as rude comments go, unfortunately it is not against the law and free speech to a certain degree is a protected right. Jerks are a dime a dozen and not all males are walking around acting like little boys in mens bodies.

This was an easy one…next topic.

MeaneyMouse

September 15th, 2010
6:40 pm

SHE WAS DEFINATELY ADVERTISING. ALL HER STUFF WAS HANGING OUT!!

Some Guy

September 15th, 2010
6:42 pm

The issue is her understanding of standard dress for female reporters. This is a woman who’s made her name internationally and is now attempting to build her image further in the United States. No qualms there. What most female reporters understand that she didn’t is the amount of testosterone flowing through an NFL locker room. Let’s make one thing clear – men are pigs. And when you put 50 or more of the most manly among them in one place and introduce a scantily clad Spanish reporter, it’s not going to go well. Women don’t need to look like nuns to garner respect, but on the other side of the coin, there’s a reason this hasn’t been an issue until now. This is not to condone these guys’ behavior. It is to say that a better understanding of the business would have led to a much milder reaction from the reporter and much tamer coverage of the incident by everyone else.

No Matter

September 15th, 2010
6:44 pm

According to you no matter what women do men will behave in a manor that makes you uncomfortable. I think it’s ridiculous to have women in mens locker rooms. To have timid women hang out around half naked twenty year old kids high on testosterone is just asking for trouble. Haven’t you heard of “locker room talk”? Come on grow up or go into fashion reporting.