A word on Ines Sainz

In Culture, Sex, Sports on September 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Ines Sainz

By now, most of you have heard about the controversy surrounding the treatment  of Mexican sports journalist Ines Sainz while visiting the New York Jets locker room. I won’t beat a decomposed horse by harping on the issues that – Yes, the Jets behavior was inappropriate and unprofessional; and Yes, Ms. Sainz reputation for playing up her sexual assets and oftentimes inappropriate behavior likely fueled the behavior. I’d rather talk about why it’s absurd to be offended by Clinton Portis’ comments. Portis essentially said it’s likely that female reporters find athletes sexually desirable and vice versa. What part of that statement is untrue?

Clinton Portis should not have apologized for a comments he clearly believed to be true.  At some point, we will have to accept the fact that we are indeed animals with animal-like behavioral tendencies. This is not a call to tolerate allowing those primitive tendencies to infringe upon the rights of anothers; however it is a call to at least acknowledge that they exist.

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Women find athletes sexually attractive and virtually any red-blooded, heterosexual male would find Ines Sainz the same. That is all Portis said. If you are offended by this reality, maybe your behavior has reinforced this reality and you’re ashamed; or maybe you’re envious of the fact this reality doesn’t benefit you. Regardless, if we feel this is truly an issue worth being offended about, we can’t honestly tackle it without acknowledging the truth in Portis’ comments.


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