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Ines Sainz: Debating the presence of women in men's locker rooms

The Ines Sainz debate sizzles on. Should women work in men's locker rooms?

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My take, as a sports journalist who's had a blow dryer thrown at her in a men's locker room.

Dan Steinberg's take, as a male covering sports in a men's locker room.

Tara Sullivan's column.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 15, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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I am very much in support of male and female reporters being giving equal curtousies in sports but females should want to show some tact in not wanting to interview male players in the locker room. It is not necessary. I will venture to say that male reporters are not allowed in female locker rooms and if they were females would label them as perverts. Another sad case of a screwed up system. By the way, I sincerely believe this Ines Sainz claims that she did not bring forth charges is because she knows she would be severely snubbed by most male athletes she would request to interview. If more male athletes would stand there ground that females should not be allowed in male locker rooms so females can't see them in the buff, things will change. Remember, power is in numbers. It's against the law in any state for men to enter female designated restrooms, isn't it?

Posted by: r2855 | September 15, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The NFL has no legal obligation to allow females into male locker rooms.

There is no requirement that media organizations send male reporters into areas where female reporters are not permitted to work because they are female.

Third-parties are not responsible for creating equal opportunity in media organizations, or any other business that is independent of the league or its franchisees.

Requiring the league to permit any female or any female reporter into male locker rooms wrongly places a burden on teams to create equal employment opportunities outside of its own organization. It is not the duty of the league to assure access for any person or group at the expense of its duty to its owners and players. NFL equal opportunity policies pertain to its employees and franchees, not the female employees of organizations over which it has no control.

It is also a violation of workplace sexual harassment policy to force a male athlete to appear naked before females as this creates a hostile workplace environment. Men should not be made to change clothing, use the restroom, or shower in an area that is not secured from females. A man should not have to worry about a female encroaching his privacy at work any more than a woman should have to worry about men viewing her in her workplace locker rooms or restrooms, even for workplace safety reasons.

A female's right to do her newsgathering work does not take precedence over a male employee's right to bathe, use the toilet, or dress in private at his workplace.

How did we ever stray so far from common sense?

Posted by: blasmaic | September 16, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

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