Eng 120 - Beyond the Locker Room

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Michael Felder 1
Mrs. Griffith
Engl. 120/ Research Paper
May 19, 2011
Beyond the Locker Room

Ines Sainz, a female reporter from a Mexican television station, filed a claim against the members of the New York Jets football team. Ms.Sainz states, that while she was waiting to interview a member of the football team, she and a fellow reporter were sexually harassed. Ms.Sainz reported that she was groped and assaulted with footballs. The National Football League has agreed to investigate Sainz's allegations, but another matter captured America's attention: the right to privacy. The men of the New York Jets, right to privacy was violated when Ms.Sainz entered their locker room. As a result the blame should not entirely fall on The New York Jets football team. The situation could have been avoided if the N.F.L. had banned women from entering a men's locker room.
America is known for believing in equal rights and justice for all. It is not fair to allow a double standard in America's beloved sports society. When rules were created to prevent men from entering women's locker rooms, the same rules should have been created preventing women from entering men's locker rooms. In the mid 1970's there were dozens of sexual harassment reports in women's sports locker rooms (Baer 48). There were so many sexual harassment law suits that the American Sports Society decided to ban all men from entering women's locker rooms. The American Sports Society also ended all co-ed locker rooms in the sports community (Baer 53).

There are currently no regulations banning from women entering a men's locker room, but that does not justify Ms.Sainz invading the New York Jets football team member's privacy.
If what happened to Ms. Sainz, is true, it was an unfortunate event. On the other hand if this situation had not happen then society may have not notice the double standard of rules existing in the locker rooms in the sports community.
The right to privacy is not a guaranteed right in America, but many people may interpret from the fourth amendment that it is a moral privilege among the American people. The fourth amendment of the Constitution of the United States gives American citizens the right against unreasonable searches in seizures (Constitution). From the fourth amendment some Americans believe they have the right to protect themselves and their property from other individuals (Mamola 4).
Some people believe that the players took advantage of Sainz and that she is the victim. Supporters also believe that the players did not show Sainz respect because she is a woman
(Hill 2). Some supporters of Sainz are also stating that the football team took advantage of her because the players were aware that she does not speak any English (Mamola1). Sainz also did not have any security with her for the interview. Some people are stating that the players violated Ms. Sainz, to poke fun at the fact that she wasn't an American (Hill 2). Other supporters believe that the officials in charge of the N.F.L. are just a bunch of male chauvinists, who do not want to help Ms. Sainz. Supporters are also using the first amendment in Sainz's defense

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