Female reporter, Ines Sainz, recently created a stir by saying that she felt uncomfortable during a trip to the New York Jets’ locker room to interview second-year quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Why? Apparently, some of the members of the New York Jets’ squad were inappropriately analyzing Ms. Sainz’s figure while she was in the locker room. Additionally, Ms. Sainz accused a coach was throwing a football to players standing in her general vicinity.
In response, Clinton Portis made his own stir when he tried to remind everyone of the fact that this shouldn’t be a surprise. Portis specifically said that, ““You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman.”
For these comments, Portis was forced to apologize as the NFL issued a league-wide memo telling players and coaches that, “Women are a common part of the sports media…By law, women must be granted the same rights to perform their jobs as men. Please remember that women reporters are professionals and should be treated as such.”
This issue highlights a major problem that society (and now the NFL) completely overlooks for the sake of being politically correct: allowing female reporters to enter the locker rooms of professional male athletes is a ticking time bomb and thus, it should not be permitted under any circumstances. I find Clinton Portis’ comments much more sincere than the forced apology he made. I also find his appraisal of the situation much more accurate. Think about it: a well-dressed, competent female reporter goes into a men’s locker room with 53 shirtless, muscular, testosterone-driven males. Neuroscience and biology tells us the rest, regardless of politically correct laws and fake, plastic language in NFL memos.
The point of the matter is this: Women should not be allowed in NFL locker rooms. Women should not be allowed in any male locker room, period. At the very least, teams should be allowed to restrict locker rooms to male access only (as opposed to being forced to allow women entrance by such equal opportunity laws as the NFL appeals to in its recent memo). The late Reggie White, former defensive superstar for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, made it a point to complain about the presence of female reporters in professional locker rooms. The recent blow up between the New York Jets and Ines Sainz highlights the wisdom of White’s complaints and further punctuates the need to ban female reporters from the locker room. To argue that a feminist understanding of “women’s rights” trumps simple human decency is ludicrous, at best. When flirting with the edge of a cliff, it’s best to walk away instead of pretending that a steep drop-off is only inches away.
“During a post-game interview with then-Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Tony Womack, Paola Boivin felt someone tugging on the hem of her jacket. The Arizona Republic reporter looked down to meet the son of then-Diamondbacks outfielder Steve Finley. ‘Miss, miss,’ the little boy said. ‘You can’t be in here. This place is only for boys.'” – as reported by Randi Druzin, “Women Reporters in the Men’s Locker Room”