Female Reporters (and cameras) In The Locker Room

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Screencap from the film Any Given Sunday

A few weeks ago there was a big flap in the media when two female reporters, Graham Watson of Yahoo Sports and Joey Chandler of the Tuscaloosa News, were initially barred from entering the locker room of the Jacksonville Jaguars after a game.

That matter was quickly resolved, and PR for the team apologized, but it reignited the long ongoing debate about female reporters in male locker rooms. I’m not going to get into the long legal history of this issue, as longtime readers of this blog know, I’ve never really been into sports, but I’ve been aware of this controversy regarding female reporters in male locker rooms for most of my life, and I understand both sides.

On the one hand, doesn’t it seem obvious that reporters of one gender should not be allowed in a locker room where members of the opposite gender are showering and dressing? We don’t seem to tolerate this when it’s male reporters and female athletes. Yes, I know that’s not exactly a fair comparison simply because of the different standards of male and female sports, specifically when it comes to team sports, and how they’re regarded in our culture.

I mean, for years I’ve been hearing rumors about an all-female version of the NBA…but I’ve yet to see any significant evidence that such a thing exists, so I assume that it’s just an urban legend.

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But certainly there are individual female athletes in various sports that become as popular as other male athletes. Yet do we ever see a bunch of male reporters crowding around someone like Serena Williams or Rhonda Rousey while she’s in her bra and panties by her locker, or coming out of the shower in just a towel? If the women said they were uncomfortable about that, would anyone even think twice about kicking the men out? And imagine the outrage if male reporters demanded their right to be there?

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So that’s a double-standard. It’s similar to the way I’ve pointed out before how when naked pics of male celebrities get leaked, it’s not taken as seriously as it is when it happens to female celebrities.

Sure enough, there was an incident last month, where  Adam Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals was being interviewed live by a TV reporter after a game. The interview took place in the locker-room, and several male players were caught in various stages of undress in the background.

NFL Network Airs Several Nude Bengals Players [NSFW]

As you can see, this was treated like a joke. The reporters on the TV news were laughing. Ha ha, we saw some men naked. Oops. But if this were female athletes, would it be so funny?

At least one women gets it:

Katherine McCarron rips NFL over nudity in locker interview
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Katherine McCarron, wife of Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron, took to social media Monday to rip the NFL Network for airing a postgame interview from the team’s locker room where numerous players could be seen in varying states of undress in the background.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was the subject of the interview by Albert Breer and the fact that players are unfairly subjected to cameras infiltrating an area that arguably should afford some semblance of privacy was the subject of McCarron’s Twitter rant.

How is this ok? What about female reporters required to get an interview? https://t.co/n3RSexRILR

— Katherine McCarron (@_KatherineWebb) October 19, 2015

No missing the point. Players should have their privacy. I’m sure female reporters would rather not be in there https://t.co/1FjAXHQxPH

— Katherine McCarron (@_KatherineWebb) October 19, 2015

I would rather my husbands ass/penis not be all over TV. Would you like to be filmed while naked? https://t.co/0cWsGDE5zj

— Katherine McCarron (@_KatherineWebb) October 19, 2015

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And I agree with her, that’s not right. Of course, I understand the reason that this was allowed. It would be an unfair disadvantage to female reports if they didn’t have the same access to athletes that male reporters get. Sure. But to me, the fair resolution to this issue is to simply ban ALL reporters (and cameras) from locker rooms.

Seriously, why not just set up a spot for reporters to wait until the athletes come out of the locker room, and then you can interview them? Who wants a camera shoved in their face right after a game, or any sports competition, where you’re trying to shower and get dressed? Especially because we know how rude some of these reporters can be, trying to pose “gotcha” questions to the athletes, who may not be in the best mood, say, if they just lost a game. I say we should give the athletes the chance to change and compose themselves before they get confronted by reporters. And that’s fair to everyone.

Just my opinion.

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  14 comments for “Female Reporters (and cameras) In The Locker Room

  1. Lou Lange
    November 1, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    I fully agree with you and Katherine McCarron. Let the players unwind, then talk to them in a specific area. This is DIFFERENT from the post- game news conference. The guys on NFLN should be ASHAMED of their reporters’ reactions – the “boys will be boys” attitude.

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    • November 1, 2015 at 10:55 AM

      Exactly! Thanks for reading (and agreeing with ME), Lou!

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    • Janice Skinner
      April 24, 2016 at 2:05 PM

      Women SHOULD NOT be in a locker room! There should be no locker room reporting …..men or women!!

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      • April 24, 2016 at 2:20 PM

        Yep. That’s what I’m saying. It would be unfair to allow male reporters into the locker room but not female reporters, so to me the logical solution is to just ban all reporters.

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  2. December 28, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Of course you are right. This reqest of a separate interview room has been going for at least 25 years, since the Lisa Olsen incident. The question is how do you get a professional league ownership to comply? Since no one in power will change out of compassion for their players, pressure has to come from women reporters asking or economic incentives (boycott, lawsuits, etc.). The former would work because owners will do anything women reporters ask/demand.

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    • December 28, 2015 at 8:35 PM

      Thanks for reading Survivor3305. Yeah, like I know this issue has been debated for practically my whole life. I remember seeing it being discussed on the original Phil Donohue show when I was Junior High. And even back then there were folks saying to just keep all reporters out of the locker rooms and have separate interview times. It really is such a simple and FAIR solution that it is astounding that this has not happened.

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  3. Rocky
    January 1, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Of course it’s double standard! I am sick and tired of seeing MALE athletes naked in interviews, like no big deal! I was a athlete, with a women assistant coach, and she thought nothing about being in the locker room when we were showering and changing! WOMEN act like no big deal about interviewing them NAKED, or when they are WALKING NAKED around or changing! They say it’s there job and there right! What about the players RIGHTS! You don’t see female athletes interviewed NUDE! That is because they get there privacy! This is not the first time male athletes are shown naked on national TV! Just recently Russell Wilson was shown in back ground naked! That’s right, no big deal it was a male athlete, so that’s ok! It’s FUNNY! Like I always said VOYEURISM IS ILLEGAL! And now with more women reporters, policy needs to be changed! Time to start filing LAWSUITS and SEXUAL HARASSMENT! IT’S DISRESPECTFUL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL for all male athletes! Lawsuits work for females, that is what got them in the locker room in the first place! Telling you, They need to start filing LAWSUITS against the leagues and all female reporters! IT’S called MIND RAPE when you have to be interviewed naked or changing, even showering in front of FEMALE reporters! It’s bad enough that they should have to do them with male reporters! Simple solution, No more locker room access for anybody! Do interviews on fields or courts! But the only way it will change are all athletes need to get together and file DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUITS for there privacy!

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    • Robert
      March 20, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      1.)
      What sport? What level (i.e. pro, college, amatuer)

      2.)
      Did the management say she was allowed or did she enter on her own?

      3.)
      Did other players object,

      4.)
      Did other players consider her to be a voyeur or did they not notice

      5.)
      How intrusive was she, and how frequent did she enter the locker room?

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  4. Jeff
    January 28, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    This truly has to be the benchmark win for the feminist movement. Women
    have persuaded and manipulated lawmakers to embed into law their female
    empowered rights to strip men naked, and leave them powerless to say, “this is
    my body and only I can choose who sees me naked”. What a blatant invasion of
    basic human rights to privacy, respect, and dignity. This really expands the breadth,
    width, and scope of the definition of moral bankruptcy. I feel so sorry for professional male
    athletes, the women’s movement have turned them into nothing more than “modern day
    mandingos”.

    We should all be in favor of fair employment rights with the understanding that in a moral
    and ethically correct society those rights stop abruptly and absolutely at naked gentalia.
    In the most elementary of interpretations this is the right thing to do. Why ever add any
    complexity to this issue that would create a horrific and inappropriate double standard
    that excludes males from their rights to decency and modesty. To me the solution is
    obvious, after the competitive event let the athletes cool down, shower and change
    in privacy and then report to a designated interview room.

    This is just a shameful issue that should not have ever have been allowed to surface.
    I really need to call this for what it is, “a bold face declaration of war on male rights

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  5. Don't look
    February 2, 2016 at 3:21 AM

    it really doesn’t matter what men want. the NFL wants it exactly the way it is. they want the cameras and reporters there. that’s why the nfl only has a 10 minute cool down period. keep in mind, the ball players hate the reporters but the owners LOVE the media. media makes the league and owners more money. don’t blame the wnba for their policies. all leagues like nfl, nba, wbna, nfl have nothing to do with each other. they are all separate and have different rules. keep in mind, a lot of ball players don’t care if someone sees them nude. remember a guy by the name of Michael Jordan. no one in the media ever saw him. if they want to cover up, there are always different ways to do it, although, now in the nfl, all players must dress and undress at their lockers.

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  6. ROCKY
    February 3, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Don’ Look!
    I know you realize WNBA have there rules the way they are, because everybody knows, it would be considered sexist, if this sort of thing happened to FEMALE ATHLETES! BUT MALE ATHLETES NO BIG DEAL! IT HAPPENS! And you say males don’t care about being NUDE, cover up! That’s not the point, they shouldn’t have to! It’s called RESPECT, something Males are losing ever day! That’s because ever thing is becoming about WOMENS RIGHTS! Just ask CLINTON! What about HUMAN RIGHTS AND PLAYERS PRIVACY? Why should they have to be interviewed NUDE, specially with FEMALE REPORTERS? They have RIGHTS! What about every time you see it on the TV or the internet, they are THE ATHLETES that don’t know they are being watched or video taped? So how can they cover up? To me that’s called VOYEURISM! Which by the way, the law states, VOYEURISM IS ILLEGAL! Look at Erin Andrews, files HUGE LAWSUIT for her peep hole video! VOYEURISM IS ILLEGAL,she said! What’s the difference? These LR videos could be prevented, if cameras and reporters would wait until they are changed and showered! But no, they do it on purpose to try and make ratings! I don’t know about you,but to me that’s worse then a peep hole video! NFL and BIG ROGER, and ever body else will change policy after LAWSUITS from athletes! A FEMALE REPORTER from SUNRISE NEWS, makes comments on live TV, about how she needs to pay more attention in LR, and just another good day at office, after NUDE SF NINER player was being video taped in background on live TV in April, UNAWARE? I’m sure he would of covered up if he knew he was being video taped! I can’t complain she said! I’m sure Bengals players would of covered up to, if they knew they were being video taped on live TV! How about the WOMEN TV HOSTS on the VIEW, making there little SEXIST comments about NUDE Bengal players on live TV, laughing and making jokes? If that was a MALE they would have been called SEXIST, and would of been FIRED! Look at the republican politician in Tennessee on 2/3/2016 gets FIRED because he calls a FEMALE reporter a @ITCH! They said he was SEXIST, because he was a Republican! Republicans hate women and disrespect them! Not because he was scamming money! And WOMEN want RESPECT, but don’t understand why they don’t get it? WOW, I don’t know either?

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  7. Tom Lewis
    September 3, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    This is a no brainer. Whatever rules the male reporters have in a female locker room, should be the exact same rules as females reporters in the male locker room…PROBLEM SOLVED. By the way, it’ not just sports; in film, the count regarding male genitalia in R-rated movies and cable TV vs female genitalia is 886 to 1. (Somehow Rasrio Dawson in Trance slipped through the cracks.Sorry about the pun) By the way the time frame for this phenomenon is from the beginning of the film industry to the present. (The figure of 886…is give or take a couple hundred.)

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  8. John mills
    September 23, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    both female and male reporters should wait until the players have finished showering and dressing. Its absurd that no one sees anything wrong in this. Give the players some privacy. is that too much to ask?

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    • September 23, 2017 at 5:20 PM

      Not too much to ask at all, in my opinion.

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