Harassment is always wrong.
If we don’t want men to treat women the way Ines Sainz was treated by the NY Jets, then let’s get to the heart of the problem.
The reality is that men won’t change their behavior so long as they continue to see women as objects of lust or loathing.
Neither will they change when the same people condemning the Jets for their brutish behavior — media personnel and media outlets — actually promote the sexualization of our culture.
A visit to web sites for news organizations such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, will reveal plenty of soft porn on the menu: Sexy singles, lingerie football, cheerleaders in bikinis, the women from Tiger’s escapades, and so on.
TV Azteca, Ms. Sainz’s employer, certainly has no qualms about promoting sexual content in connection with sports, just visit the network’s web site.
Some of the outrage here is disingenous.
All women lose respect and dignity as a culture becomes overwhelmingly sexual, as is the case in our popular culture. Ms. Sainz, despite her beauty, still loses. Even in a society where she has taken advantage of the system for personal gain, (ie. hottest sports broadcaster in Mexico) all that she is left with is a claim that she should able to wear any outfit she wants to an NFL practice and then into the players’ locker room.
Sex and sports are very intertwined in our country, just think of the websites for FoxSports and Sports Illustrated. Soft porn is readily available.
As for the NFL, the organization doesn’t normally mind sexuality. After all, most of the cheerleading squads associated with the teams all produce calendars in which the women pose in lingerie. The NFL certainly benefits from the attention, promotion and money spent during Super Bowl Weekend, and some of the big names bringing men to the weekend are Playboy and Maxxim, which throw huge parties that weekend.
But it’s also time to be clear about this: it is not blaming the victim to point out that Ms. Sainz was dressed inappropriately for a professional situation. Neither is it blaming the victim to mention that she has done her share of risque modeling, which feeds the collective beast of male lust.
There are social costs associated with a pornographic culture.