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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Barbara Barker, Newsday sportswriter and columnist, offers her take on the treatment of reporter Ines Sainz by some Jets players.

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Barbara Barker

Comments [21]

paul from pcb, fl

We worship these men BECAUSE of their elevated levels of testosterone, their desire to compete and win, and then we say they should act like eunuchs when a provocatively dressed female comes around.?

No, they aren't excused for acting like they did but, come on, does her decision to dress that way make her any better.? We respect women (and men) who dress (and act) appropriately, and we show respect for ourselves by doing the same.

Sep. 15 2010 02:08 PM
Miranda from Manhattan

@ Mr. Bad -

No, I actually think, given what I know so far of this situation, that Ms. Sainz is ridiculous. Like many people, I have a hard time having respect for a woman that presents herself that way, and I don't think it does anything but perpetuate the unfortunately sleazy sexualization of women in the NFL. I absolutely believe that she has a responsibility to be professional, and that includes presenting herself as such. I also think that whatever network is behind her has the same responsibilities.

But whether or not someone is dressed professionally does not justify sexual harassment, if that is indeed what happened. I agree with you that her attire was unprofessional, but the appropriate reaction would be to, say, not grant her an interview if you felt she was being disrespectful. The appropriate reaction to unprofessionalism is not more unprofessionalism. It is not harassment. If she has a responsibility to be professional, so do the players, and the idea that their actions hinge on hers seems sexist to BOTH men and women.

I find it insulting and degrading to men to say, as many people are, that they just couldn't help themselves because of how she was dressed. As a woman, I resent any sentiment by certain men in the world that I am nothing but a piece of meat. If I were a man, I would resent being seen as nothing but after a piece of meat.

I was trying to ask if men find it insulting to hear people say that how a woman dresses will make or break their behavior, as though they don't have the self control to act professionally. It seems to reduce them considerably.

Sep. 15 2010 12:38 PM
Mr.Bad from NYC

@ Miranda from Manhattan

So you think it would be OK if the President gives a national address in a wife beater and flip flops? What about a Lawyer who goes to court in jeans and a tshirt? Why don't you hire him/her? When it comes to this sort of pseudo-ferminist hysteria anything goes apparently.

Sep. 15 2010 12:06 PM
km from Austin, TX

I work in a mixed gender environment, but I am nonetheless VERY conscious of what I wear. As a tall woman, I never wear heels with skirts/dresses to the office because of the sexual attention it brings. I always have a sweater handy in case, for whatever reason, there is attention drawn away from my face. It's frustrating! You have to walk the line between nice to look at and too nice to look at.

Sep. 15 2010 12:05 PM
aneece from Brooklyn

Just to clarify, it's not what she was wearing. Her network sent a woman to dressed in a wedding dress to jump in the lap of Tom Brady's lap and propose to her. This hot panted woman was sent to act up and make headlines. This is a fake controversy. I'm willing to bet that about 10,000 legitimately sexist things happened yesterday. If you want to help women, report on something real, not on an absurd publicity stunt. This is like discussing the plight of German immigrants in the South in the light of the film Bruno.

Sep. 15 2010 12:02 PM
Mr.Bad from NYC

Please, Barker says that this woman's job is to turn men on and so when some football player says 'hey, i'm turned on" she is offended? Despite the fact she is attempting to achieve this? What is it exactly that makes anyone think they can push that sort of hypocrisy and still be taken seriously. Just grow up.

Sep. 15 2010 12:00 PM
Tanya from NYC

Keep them all out of the locker rooms!! This is absolutely ridiculous!!

Sep. 15 2010 12:00 PM

it's wierd that reporters are in the locker room of either sex.

Sep. 15 2010 11:59 AM
Miranda from Manhattan


How do men feel about the idea that their ability to exhibit respect and professionalism is completely contingent on how women are dressed? Isn't that kind of insulting?

Sep. 15 2010 11:59 AM
Brian from Nj

Per a well written article by Jemele Hill on espn.com, the same reporter has done bicep contests at media days where she went around feeling the players arms, she went to another
media day at the super bowl wearig a weddig dress and proclaiming to be mrs Tom Brady. She has no credibility as a reporter so whether she was a credntialed reporter or not, she has no credibility.

Sep. 15 2010 11:59 AM

Just googled the reporter. She looks like a porn star.

Sep. 15 2010 11:57 AM

men just can't control themselves, that's why women in the middle east have to cover themselves

Sep. 15 2010 11:56 AM
Isolde Motley

In the 1970s, my mother-in-law, Constance Baker Motley, a federal judge on the second circuit, heard a case involving the right of women reporters to enter the Yankees' locker room. Her ruling, which only a woman could have written, was: "If they want modesty, let them hang curtains."

Sep. 15 2010 11:56 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Good comment from Annece.

Bad lady reporter comes in to act up-with the intention of acting up.

This is why men are getting screwed in courtrooms by untalented lazy women who play the system (along with lawyers on the make) to STEAL their husband's hard earned money.

WNYC advertises for the Legal Profession-sue sue sue sue-Westchester Westchester-Hamptons Hamptons-contribute nothing to the society-LAWYERS.

Sep. 15 2010 11:55 AM
Jo from NJ

As a female working in the landscape profession, I am very aware of how I dress and present myself, the less provacative the better. I don't even wear makeup anymore, not just because I will probably just sweat it off but because I don't want any unnecessary attention. That being said, I saw what the reporter was wearing: skin tight jeans and a tiny top. While sexual harassment is NEVER right, she maybe should have chosen attire a little more appropriate for her field.

Sep. 15 2010 11:54 AM
aneece from Brooklyn

Bad reporting, WNYC. Clearly neither of you have read about this PARTICULAR story. The female reporter in question is from a stunt news agency, and she was behaving very inappropriately.

I'm a feminist. It's stories like these, which try to fit inconvenient facts to a predetermined narrative, make WNYC and feminism look bad.

Please do some basic research before doing an interview.

Sep. 15 2010 11:51 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Real issue-women's sports?

NO body watches them.

NO money to make there for either sex of reporter.

Fact.

Sep. 15 2010 11:51 AM
Derek from Oyster bay

To the Jets credit, have you seen this reporter? She's gorgeous. Talk about a distraction!

Sep. 15 2010 11:50 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

There should be a common area for interview.
This solves the problem.

There is no inherit right for anyone to violate the change areas.

I'll even say that for male reporters.

Sep. 15 2010 11:50 AM
Ken from Soho

Are male reporters allowed entry into women's locker rooms?

Sep. 15 2010 11:48 AM

does it make the men uncomfortable to have women in their locker room?

Sep. 15 2010 11:48 AM

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