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Should women journalists be in men's locker rooms? 

Expectations of professionalism are for both sexes

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In what job is it ever acceptable for a professional, self-respecting woman to wear see-through tops, short skirts and shirts that reveal a ton of cleavage while conducting contests to see which guy has the biggest biceps?

In what twisted, sick world is Ines Sainz, reporter for Mexico’s TV Azteca, given more than 15 minutes of fame?

Well, our world, apparently.

In a world where a wacko in Gainesville, Fla., threatening to burn Qurans, is given all the attention he craves, we now have a former Miss Mexico being featured on sports and news talk shows.

For the past week, Sainz has been the topic of everyone’s conversation. Indeed, a search of her on Google yields all kinds of websites ranking her the “hottest female sports reporter” in the world.

In case you have been living under a rock, I’ll fill you in: Essentially, Sainz was the victim of childish behavior on behalf of the New York Jets when she was in their locker room. She is claiming that several Jets players exposed themselves to her and shouted out obscene, crude remarks.

Any claim made by Sainz is about as see-through as the tops she wears to conduct her interviews.

Erin Andrews, one of the most beautiful reporters in the business, has not once made the headlines for something like this.

Could it be because Andrews conducts herself with class, exudes sophistication and is respected by her peers?

When you act like a horny, salivating teenager in a male-dominated profession, you are going to be treated as such.

When you act like a businesswoman, however, and consistently maintain the highest standard of professionalism, then you’ll be treated like Andrews or Linda Cohn.

What does Sainz’s childish behavior say to young women aspiring to be members of the media?

For one thing, it shows that as long as you’ve got a pretty face, you’ll always have work.

More troubling, though, is that Sainz’s behavior tells young women that you too can strike it rich, at whatever cost, if you throw away your pride and self-esteem.

There are women’s groups all over the world that seek to prevent and protect against this exact thing: women being sexually abused by males.
What did she expect to see, walking into a locker room after practice, wearing a miniskirt and revealing top?

Colin Cowherd, a respected sportswriter and television and radio host, recently said that going into locker rooms to get quotes is an archaic method of reporting. Any quotes obtained there, he said, could easily be gotten after the players exit the locker room.

Hopefully, the judge that handles the case can see it for what it really is: a pathetic cry for attention by an insecure wannabe, à la Octomom.

While I would never condone sexual abuse, be it physical or verbal, at any time, everyone knows the kind of an environment a locker room is. It is filthy, odorous and the testosterone levels are at an all-time high.

It is in anyone’s best interest to avoid obviously harmful or otherwise dangerous situations. That is, unless you want your 15 minutes of fame. In that case, a miniskirt and heels works just fine.

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