WHAT IN THE WORLD????
Okay Good Enough Mother, was all set to write about Ines Sainz, the TV Azteca reporter sexually harassed while in the lockeroom of the New York Jets. You know the story – the catcalls, the suggestive comments, all very uncalled for…
And then I saw this.
Now look, I stand by my assertion that Ines Sainz’ treatment was totally out of line. But at what point do we stand up and say, “Hey wait a minute!” What did she expect was going to happen if she went into a locker room dressed like that?
I realize I may be opening myself up to critics who will say, “Are you saying a woman who wears a short dress and gets attacked was asking for it?” No not at all. But this is about dressing for the job. If Ines were really interested in getting the news and information, she would not present herself in a way that detracts from the message. I’m sorry but it rings hollow when she says she was there just doing a job but shows up in tight jeans and a belly top.
The issue, in my mind, is about professional behavior and professional dress. The Jets, already in trouble for some past off the field antics did a tremendous disservice to the National Football League and their fans. But Ines Sainz reduced herself and her nine years of sports knowledge to an object because of her clothing choice. Here she is on CBS’ The Early Show, defending her dress code…
But here’s what I don’t get. When Ines shimmied into those second skin jeans and buttoned up that skintight white shirt, leaving the top one undone, did she REALLY think that people were going to give a damn about her nine years on the job and respect her for what is in her head? Especially in a locker room, made up of testosterone fueled overgrown teenagers? Ugh. I can think of thousands of combinations she could have picked from, attractive AND appropriate that would not land her on either end of the sartorial spectrum but rather somewhere comfortably in the middle.
This is one of those events that will ripple for quite some time. The NFL is now investigating the charge of sexual harassment, made by another reporter. But the longer impact will be felt among the female reporters who come up behind Ms. Sainz and run the risk of being treated as objects or with disdain or anything but reporters hired to do a job. And that’s a crying shame.
What do you think? Is Ines Sainz partially to blame or should this be the Jets’ players’ fault alone? What should the NFL do? Start commenting everyone…