Recently the discussion about female reporters and their access to NFL locker rooms resurfaced when a NY Jets football player, acting like he was 12 years old, made some sexist, idiotic and juvenile remarks to a female reporter covering their team.
Let's take the female reporter out of the equation for a minute and ask, why are reporters asked to perform their job in a room full of naked men?
At it's core, that's just stupid. How did this ever come about anyway?
I can imagine the discussion went something like this:
Media representative: "When can we be given access to question the players?"
NFL commissioner: "I think a good time would be when the players are toweling themselves off after they shower."
Really? And this was accepted?
What genius came up with this idea?
The sports media, who are so hungry for a story, any story, would jump in the shower with them if that was the only access they were given by the NFL.
Doesn't it strike you as a bit strange? As a male, I find it strange. Trying to ask the quarterback a serious question about the interception he threw during the game, while he is applying powder to his jock itch, has to be awkward.
There are more packages in view during this NFL mandated access time for reporters, then there are under my tree on Christmas morning.
Let's take this thought process to other walks of life. Why doesn't the political correspondent for the newspaper get to question his old, fat, balding United States senator in the shower?
Because it would be weird.
Can you imagine the White House press corp saying, "Mr. President, I have a question concerning the United States pull out of Iraq. What time will you be showering?"
The other argument that arises during these discussions is this.
Why are woman given access to men's locker rooms, but men aren't given access to woman's locker rooms?
You know what, I really don't care. I have other things to think about.
...but if I was a reporter and given that access, I'm thinking I'd like to cover woman's tennis.
I'm just saying.