Kristine Leahy Details More Examples Of How Female Reporters Are Objectified In Locker Rooms
Sure, most athletes look like grown ass men straight out of a Viking saga, but a lot of them behave like 13-year-old boys. (Something about arrested development because they peaked before high school was over.) Yesterday, Colin Cowherd's co-host Kristine Leahy dropped a juicy little anecdote from her time spent working in and around locker rooms, highlighting the level of unabashed immaturity and harassment female reporters are forced to endure. Believe it or not, they get flashed.
Yes, you read that correctly. Flashed.
"I've been in plenty of locker rooms," she said Tuesday (video above). "It's extremely uncomfortable -- there are players who will drop their towel, they do it on purpose because they want to see if you'll look."
The response on Twitter was what you'd expect after someone questions the innate male sense of entitlement: victim blaming. Why should the onus be on the players to keep themselves from actively flaunting their penises? That's Kristine Leahy's fault for being in the their in first place! How dare she, um, be somewhere, for work, um, where someone might, ya know, feel the urge to intentionally show her the goods!
The hell was she thinking? The nerve of that woman...
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The issue of reporters in locker rooms is an entirely different beast than harassment therein. Leahy's observation, ahem, was meant to highlight how women in sports media are objectified by the subjects they cover. This is about men forcing women to see their dicks at their workplace, not some errant glance of a guy changing into his street clothes.
Sensing the misguided backlash needed some correcting, she went back to the well on Wednesday to clarify why her critics are completely missing the point.
"Yes, there are players that specifically flash women," Leahy said. "It was just part of what I was saying, but I agree -- no one wants to be in the locker room around naked people. It's an uncomfortable situation."
"On twitter, a lot of the feedback was, 'Well then get out of the locker room.' People said, 'I went to a coffee shop and I'm, offended there was coffee.' I didn't go into the locker room asking for guys to purposely flash me."
METAPHOR CORRECTION: It'd be like going into a coffee shop and getting offended someone was flashing you. She continued...
"It got to the point for me -- and I would have a really good relationship with my photographer -- and I'd have to say to them, 'I'm going to turn around and face you when everything is clear, I'll turn around and that's when I'll look because you don't want to be caught.' That's what they're trying to do."
"I'm trying to do my job," she added. "I'm not trying to look at a naked man. I don't need to go into a locker room to see that."
Cowherd then asked her to ballpark the percentage of athletes she's covered that have tried to hit on her. She reluctantly responded with an estimate of half.
"It is maybe the worst part of my job, luckily I don't have to deal with that anymore," she said. "They'll go to the P.R. person and ask for my phone number."
"They'll say, 'Hey, I want to tell you more about this, can we grab dinner?' But then it becomes really awkward because you can't be mean...[or else] they shun you or they'll tell everybody on the team that girl's a bitch."
For those of you men's rights activists out there who seem to completely miss the point Leahy is making, the moral of the story is that your proximity to a shower does not give you the green light to pursue any and all females in your field of vision. Capece?
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