Keith Olbermann was commenting on the alleged "harassment" of Azteca "reporter", Ines Sainz, when she was in the New York Jets locker room Monday.
Olbermann said, "She undermines every hard working woman sports reporter who knows the game."
I could not agree more. Ines Sainz is nothing more than a piece of eye candy for Azteca and everyone knows it - including her.
Listen, as I woman, I know what reaction I'm trying to elicit or what impression I'm trying to create when I put myself together every day. There are certainly different "themes": job interview, baby shower, beach day, date night....girls night out. Each theme has a different make-up application. Some call for stilletos and thigh-highs, others call for a ball cap and sneakers.
I'd be willing to bet Ms. Sainz has pondered over these kinds of choices, as all women do.
So, you tell me: what reaction...response...impression....was she trying to create when she made the choice to wear this?
As I heard one woman say on a call-in sports show this morning, "She dressed to get attention and attention is what she got!" Exactly.
Ms. Sainz made a choice when she painted those jeans on - and choices have consequences.
Would any reasonable, rational person - even a reasonable, rational feminist - expect a locker room full of intense and competitive men, coming down from an adrenalized testosterone high, to "mind their manners"?
I think it is a shame that the Jets players chose to react the way they did to this calculated choice by Ms. Sainz (and her producers) to show up for "work" dressed this way. The players could have made a choice to treat her like any pudgy, middle-aged male reporter in the locker room.
Which brings up another good point by Olbermann: "Ultimately, what the hell are reporters doing in locker rooms anyway?"
What upsets me the most about this? I had to agree with Keith Olbermann. Damn.