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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:40 PM

Should Female Reporters be Allowed in Mens' Locker Rooms?



"San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh's media sessions aren't known as the most friendly affairs, which is fine. However, that does make what Harbaugh did for one female reporter many years ago even more remarkable.

In a blog entry on WBEZ.org, Chicago radio reporter Cheryl Raye-Stout shared a story from many years ago about the time Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh fought for her to get equal access to the Bears locker room during the week, something she hadn't been granted during a time when many women were battling for that right."*

Jim Harbaugh helped a female reporter get equal access to the Bears' locker room when he played for them. Should she have gotten access though? Should male reporters be allowed in female athletes' locker rooms? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

*Read more from Frank Schwab/ Yahoo Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/jim-harbaugh-helped-female-reporter-equal-access-locker-143516762--nfl.html

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rachel1 Feb 2013 OP
MADem Feb 2013 #1
loudsue Feb 2013 #7
Agnosticsherbet Feb 2013 #2
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #3
rocktivity Feb 2013 #4
alp227 Feb 2013 #5
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #6

Response to rachel1 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:47 PM

1. I don't think reporters of any gender need to be running around in the showers with the

players. But if you're gonna let one reporter in, you need to let them all in, assuming they are credentialed.

The most suitable way of handling this is to let the players bathe and change in peace, and then come out to a common area for celebrations/analysis and interactions with the media.

For the life of me, I can't understand why it is so important to crawl up the butts of athletes at every waking second. Yes, they are paid obscenely for playing "games," but that is what the market bears for that sort of thing. Having reporters and cameras in the locker rooms is just intrusive. I don't think it adds to any "understanding" of "the big game."

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:35 AM

7. I couldn't agree more.

Actually, I've never liked watching the reports from the locker rooms, but I know some die-hard sports fans, and player wannabes love it....it makes them feel more like they are a part of what is going on, I guess.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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Response to rachel1 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:04 PM

2. Yes, as long as it goes both ways.

If reporters really need to be in a locker room, then all locker rooms should be open for reporting.

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Response to rachel1 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:16 PM

3. I don't get the locker room reporting myself...

but, if one gender is in both are in. And the same goes for female athletes, if women can be in the locker room so can men. If I was a female athlete, that would mean I am not showering or changing til I get home, no big deal.

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Response to rachel1 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:21 PM

4. Yes

Ever heard of bathrobes and towels?


rocktivity

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Response to rachel1 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:46 PM

5. So to avoid "what about teh menz" arguments let's be practical,

and have better solutions such as
- designate press area
- Media telephone line

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Response to rachel1 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:18 AM

6. Americans are too hung up about nudity....

In Europe they don't get all giggly over pee pee parts.

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