Sept 15, 2010
I found this humorous. CNN’s Rick Sanchez and Brooke Baldwin were discussing the case of Mexican journalist Ines Sainz (TV Azteca), who is alleging sexual harassment against the Jets’ players. Today’s discussion was whether Ms Sainz “deserved” it because of what she was wearing. They then showed Sainz’s twitpic that was to prove she was not “inappropriately dressed.”
NFL memo did not weigh in on what women reporters should be wearing – key being the word “professional”:
By law, women must be granted the same rights to perform their jobs as men. Please remember that women reporters are professionals and should be treated as such.
I have but 2 things to say about the controversy itself:
1-Common sense should be foremost in every woman’s mind when she enters a locker room full of naked male athletes, starting with does the interview really need to take place there.
2-There are people who believe prostitutes cannot be raped because they are “asking for it” or because it “goes with the territory”. (see below)
[Prostitute reference has nothing to do with Ms Sainz.]
They also discussed Redskins’ Clinton Portis’ radio comments about 53 men’s packages and what women want.
PORTIS: You put a woman and give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody’s got to spark her interest, so she’s going to want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman want, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages.
The curious part of the exchange took place just prior to the commercial break preceding and after the discussion. Right as they were going to commercial, Rick Sanchez said to Ms Baldwin:
Good hair day, by the way.
Which itself is an inappropriate comment to make to a coworker – especially on the air.
And afterward, when the two were wrapping up the segment, Sanchez said that it “comes with the territory” [transcript says "turf"].
To which Ms Baldwin responded: “Gosh it kinda does” with no enlightenment that it happened minutes ago within her own territory.