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1 Joanne  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 7:37:32am

This is an interesting thing, to me. I am not for women being in a guy’s locker room where they are all naked, not for anyone’s embarrassment, but for decorum itself. That said, why should any reporter be interviewing guys who are naked (or half naked as is usually the case)? I mean, seriously, these sports dudes can’t be interviewed by all reporters after they’re showered and dressed?

2 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 8:34:13am

I remember when this first became an issue, I think in the 1970’s and I was like all WTF. Feminists were complaining that they were discriminated against as sports reporters because they couldn’t get into the locker room to interview the athletes at the exact second they came in off the field like the male sports reporters could.

And I’m all like WHY.

3 rosiee  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 8:39:57am

re: #2 Vicious Babushka

Would these same feminists support a man interviewing naked female athletes?

4 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 8:42:43am

re: #3 rosiee

Would these same feminists support a man interviewing naked female athletes?

I’m trying to think what kind of sports event would require news media to interview a female athlete in the locker room. All I can think of are the Olympics, and usually the media swarms the gymnast/skater/swimmer immediately after the event, not in the shower room.

5 rosiee  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 8:51:28am

re: #4 Vicious Babushka

College Sports, women’s professional leagues, basketball, soccer, lacrosse. But, yeah, the olympics might be the best example of a popular niche for women in sports. I doubt the same rabble-rousing “Feminists” would support men “infringing women’s personal space” and “acting threateningly” by being in their shower-rooms.

6 calochortus  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 11:23:44am

re: #5 rosiee

Ummm, see Joanne’s post (#1) The obvious choice is not to have any reporters or cameras in the locker rooms.

For the record, I am a rabble rousing feminist. I recognize there are differences between men and women, but I’ve seen way, way too many examples of women being held back by regulations “protecting” them.

7 klys  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 12:30:51pm

re: #5 rosiee

You know, when you put scare quotes around the word feminist, I end up wondering if you actually support equal rights for women.

It’s entirely possible to have a discussion on this issue without resorting to scare quotes. Given the push for immediate reaction from the players in professional sports, right or wrong, barring reporters from locker rooms based on gender places female reporters at a disadvantage for the highest profile positions. Why should a news agency give the job to a reporter who cannot get access and provide the coverage they want, versus one who can?

Now, I agree with Joanne’s post that there’s no reason to have this kind of coverage in the first place, but I think sports hold far too much weight in our society as it is. Obviously a solution like banning all reporters from the locker room would make the most sense. Until that solution is embraced, however, I support having no gender restrictions on reporters in locker rooms. I would highlight that I also believe that individual reporters can and should be restricted if their behavior falls outside of the professional standards.

8 Joanne  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 3:32:54pm

re: #5 rosiee

Rabble-rousing “feminists”? Fuck your dismissal of issues affecting women.

9 Jimmah  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 5:35:09pm
Would these same people who tear Cherry apart for this seriously support male reporters in a female locker-room?

This is the kind of pathetic whining that is regularly ridiculed on Manboobz.

10 EiMitch  Mon, Apr 29, 2013 5:41:56pm

The merits of feminism are being debated in the form of locker-room ethics? Really? Somebody has gone way off-topic.

re: #1 Joanne

I mean, seriously, these sports dudes can’t be interviewed by all reporters after they’re showered and dressed?

Preach on! The issue of interviews in the locker-room isn’t about feminism at all. Its about corporate media wanting “the exclusive coverage here first” regardless of how absurd it is.

“Woo-hoo! I’m still high on adrenaline from playing, and still a bit woozy from being hit on the head. Surely, this is the best time to articulate my thoughts for the folks at home about the game they just watched.

11 rosiee  Tue, Apr 30, 2013 9:34:53am

re: #5 rosiee

How the hell is this about women’s rights, this is just another way to stick it to the “patriarchy” Don Cherry is an easy target for their self-righteous indignation, without ever really looking at the topic at hand and seeing how reasonable his point is.

12 rosiee  Tue, Apr 30, 2013 9:36:05am

re: #6 calochortus

That’s cool to be rabble-rousing about the right things. Gets shit done, but this is just ludicrous.

13 klys  Tue, Apr 30, 2013 10:30:41am

re: #11 rosiee

I can’t even follow your argument. Sorry. Could you present things in a coherent fashion in order to have a discussion, assuming you actually want to have a discussion instead of spouting gotcha phrases and talking points?

14 Bert's House of Beef and Obdicuts  Tue, Apr 30, 2013 10:53:24am

re: #11 rosiee

How the hell is this about women’s rights, this is just another way to stick it to the “patriarchy” Don Cherry is an easy target for their self-righteous indignation, without ever really looking at the topic at hand and seeing how reasonable his point is.

“The patriarchy” is a real thing that exists as is easily discoverable from a quick look at the elected officials in our government, our judges, and the executives of fortune 500 companies.

Why are you putting it in quotes?

15 Bert's House of Beef and Obdicuts  Tue, Apr 30, 2013 10:55:29am

Oh, and I, weirdly, think that the players should be the ones to decide if they’re comfortable being interviewed in the locker rooms. Every team can decide on their own, via secret ballot.

But in the current situation, sure, let male reporters into women’s locker rooms, as long as they don’t act like assholes. You’re going to have to basically blur the whole screen though.

16 dragonath  Tue, Apr 30, 2013 12:14:07pm

Huh, I must have missed that episode of Sportscenter where they interviewed buck naked people on live TV.

This is a non issue except for the people who want it to be.

17 calochortus  Tue, Apr 30, 2013 1:15:00pm

re: #12 rosiee

That’s cool to be rabble-rousing about the right things. Gets shit done, but this is just ludicrous.

And equal rights are ludicrous? Got it. < rolls eyes >

18 SidewaysQuark  Wed, May 1, 2013 7:20:56am

re: #15 Glenn Beck’s Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut

But in the current situation, sure, let male reporters into women’s locker rooms, as long as they don’t act like assholes. You’re going to have to basically blur the whole screen though.

Well, they do, actually, and have for a while. Thing is, no one forces athletes of either gender to strip naked while reporters are present. Athletes do have time allotted away from the reporters. Not much of an issue, seems to me.


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