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Jason Whitlock: Can a sexist decide when a woman is and isn’t protected from harassment?

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

In case you don’t know who Jason Whitlock is, he is a former ESPN and Kansas City Star writer who makes a living saying outlandish things because as his profile for says “Jason Whitlock writes about the sports world from every angle, including those other writers can’t imagine or muster courage to address.” That statement, in it of itself is funny to me; how courageous do you have to be to write about sports? In any case, I read one of Whitlock’s earlier columns that spoke about Ines Sainz, a Mexican sports reporter. Whitlock, being the courageous fellow he is, took the angle that “[Ines Sainz] chooses to flaunt her cleavage and other ass-sets [sic]. She chooses to dress like she’s hitting a single bar. Is she asking to be sexually harassed? No. She’s demanding that men and women take notice of her body. The Jets obliged, inappropriately.” He continues, “Ines Sainz knows what she’s doing. She knows the consequences of her decisions.” In other words, according to Whitlock, Ines Sainz had those cat calls and inappropriate stares coming AND she wanted it!

That is definitely a courageous angle to take. To willingly acknowledge that women who dress provocatively “know the consequences” (i.e., being stared at, whistled at, and perhaps groped a little) of what they are doing says a lot about Whitlock, specifically that he is a sexist columnist. What is more interesting here is not the fact that he’s openly sexist, but that he is also a hypocrite. In less than a month, Whitlock’s opinion went from, Ines Sainz knows the consequences of her decisions (i.e., she had it coming) to saying Jenny Sterger “is a courageous woman” on his Twitter account.

Jenny Sterger is a former FSU cowgirl that can be found nude, semi-nude and half-nude with a quick Google search. That same Google search will show Jenny Sterger dressed as provocatively as Ines Sainz on the Jets sidelines. But somehow Jenny Sterger is different from Ines Sainz in Whitlock’s eyes. Why? That’s a question I asked him and he refused to explain before blocking me on Twitter.  But back to the matter at hand, why is Jenny Sterger any different from Ines Sainz? Whitlock seems to think that “It does not matter that Jenn Sterger’s on-full-display, fake breasts were her only qualification to land a job with the Jets. She should be afforded protection from harassment.” Apparently, Whitlock was part of the hiring process with the Jets when they interviewed Jenny Sterger since he seems to know that her “fake breasts were here only qualification”. Only a sexist like Whitlock could simultaneously defend AND backhand a woman within the same paragraph. Imagine for a second that I wrote this about Whitlock: It does not matter than Whitlock’s sexism is on full display, being black and sexist were his only qualifications to land a job with ESPN. He should still be afforded protection from racism and angry women. How do you think that statement would go over? Not very well. Yet we continue to allow idiots like Whitlock to openly dictate what is and what is not “acceptable” levels of harassment, as if that even exists. Again, are there acceptable levels of racism? No. Harassment is harassment, no matter what level. Sure, sending a picture of your penis to a woman is more serious than whistling and staring at her, but again, they are both still wrong! Is calling an African-American the n-word any less serious than beating that same African-American because of the color of his skin? Of course not!  There are levels of wrongness with sexism and racism, but wrong is wrong. Racism is racism no matter what the act, just as sexism and harassment do not change based on the act committed. So to dismiss one harassment claim as “she had it coming” while offering backhanded protection to another harassment claim is hypocritical and in Whitlock’s case, cowardly.

Which brings me full circle. Why did Whitlock really draw a line in the sand between Ines Sainz and Jenny Sterger? Why would one woman deserve protection from harassment over the other? It’s a lot easier to explain than I initially imagined. Take his quote about Ines Sainz and replace it with Jenny Sterger’s situation. It would read something like this: Jenny Sterger demanded that men and women take notice of her body. Brett Favre obliged, inappropriately. Sounds really harsh and extremely idiotic right? It kind of sounds like something that would likely get you fired (or maybe it would cause you to “leave”) from your job. Well, I would imagine “leaving” three different employers three different times because of idiotic statements might get tiring.

Whitlock, if you’re going to call yourself courageous you should at least stick to your guns. But then again, saying that a woman who dressed provocatively and received unsolicited pictures of a married man’s penis “knew the consequences of her decisions” sounds ludicrous, extremely sexist and idiotic. Perhaps that should be Whitlock’s new tag line because it seems like the “courageous and imaginative” schtick doesn’t really fit well. Then again, what does fit him well?

You can read both idiotic Whitlock columns here and judge for yourself: and


Hello World

July 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Wow, it’s been a really long time since I posted anything. To be honest, it’s not that I didn’t have time, I was just in extreme laziness mode. Right now, I’m listening to Bob Dylan – It Ain’t Me, Babe – definitely my favorite Bob Dylan song I’ve heard so far. I can’t believe I hadn’t listened to his music before. Kind of sad I’ve been missing out on it all this time, even after a redneck phd friend of mine recommended it like 3 years ago. Anyways, a lot has happened since I last wrote. I am now engaged to my lovely fiancee; it all happened during our pre-honeymoon vacation in Maui last month. Needless to say, she was extremely excited and so was I. What an incredible vacation!!! I highly recommend a trip to Hawaii if you have never been there. You can literally pull over and snorkel, surf, swim, tan, and anything else almost anywhere on the island. The views were incredible, the Ritz-Carlton was beautiful and the weather cooperated (thankfully). I will probably post up some of my better pictures for all to see this weekend. Over an out.

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A San Francisco treat and more photographs

March 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Well, I just got back from a great trip to San Francisco with my girlfriend. This whole vacation started off as great news, then turned to bad news and finally turned back into a great time. I was supposed to go on a company-paid trip to the ATP conference in Palm Springs, CA this year so I decided to plan my vacation around that trip. Well, we purchased plane tickets, made some hotel reservations, car reservations, booked some tours and planned out trip. Turns out my company decided to cut my trip thanks to the economy (another slap in the face from W. even after he has long gone to clearing brush in Texas) and my girlfriend and I were left holding the bag. Now I had to cough up extra money to pay for my own airfare and had to change my girlfriends flight which cost an extra $150 bucks! Well, we almost decided to cancel but I’m really glad we didn’t. Although the trip to Cali was horrible — I would NEVER recommend connecting when traveling to the other side of the USA, holy cow what a long and annoying trip — we ended up staying at a great hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf called the Argonaut — (free wine party every night from 5:00pm to 6:00pm) and had a great time in our Alcatraz/Sausalito/Muir Woods expedition on Friday. San Francisco is definitely the antithesis of the Miami lifestyle; restaurants close at 9pm, most stores close even earlier and there is literally very little to do after 10pm. The highlight of my night Friday night was watching Eric Cash — do a street performance in Fisherman’s Wharf. Besides that, people are actually friendly/helpful, people ride bikes through the streets (yes, people do this in Miami, but the people in San Francisco seemingly do it without the constant fear of being run over by a Lamborghini or senior citizen [yikes, talk about worrying from one end of the spectrum to the other]), and get this, there is an elegance and history to the city that Miami will never seemingly attain. 

Needless to say, I prefer San Francisco from the bit I was able to see during my time there. Sure south Florida has the weather and the women, but after a while you start to want more. San Francisco definitely has more to offer. 

Well, here are some cool shots I took while there, for more go to


Golden Gate Bridge in color

Golden Gate Bridge in color


Fisherman's Wharf View

Fisherman's Wharf View


F-Line in Fisherman's Wharf

F-Line in Fisherman's Wharf


The Golden Gate through a park

The Golden Gate through a park


Tada, THE bridge

Tada, THE bridge

Photography and Me

February 21, 2009 Leave a comment

This story starts with me fooling around online, looking for the latest and greatest free software to mess around with during my spare time (which it seems like I have less and less every week). That led me to Picasa, a free online photo storage service provided by Google. In case you haven’t heard of it, check it out here:  I should probably also mention that Google offers so much free stuff that I’m not sure why anybody pays for things anymore. Check out their Google Docs, Sites, Books, Finance, NoteBook, GOOG-411 (that’s right, no more charges for dialing 411 if you just dial GOOG411) etc, etc… Check it out here . Talk about going off on a tangent, anyways, when I started messing with Picasa I realized you could “explore” other peoples’ pictures from around the world. I was captivated by the amazing shots regular folks (i.e., non-professionals) were taking… needless to say I was hooked. I had been looking for a new hobby to dedicate my spare time to and I had found it: PHOTOGRAPHY!

Then came the hard part, researching all the different cameras (DSLRs vs “advanced” point and shoot cameras) and analyzing whether my budget would blow up if I made certain purchases. Needless to say, my budget did blow up, but not as badly as it could have, thanks to some self-restraint and a girlfriend who keeps me in check (thanks baby!). I decided to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS in order to take my first baby steps into the world of photography because I really wasn’t ready for a full DSLR, lenses, filters, etc. I am glad to say it was a great decision! The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS is a wonderful camera with 10MP and 20X zoom, not to mention countless other features, which I am still learning how to use properly. Basically, its a mini-DSLR – a great camera for an amateur learning the ropes. 

Then came the HARDEST part, learning to use the damn thing. Under exposed, over exposed, blurred, grainy, ISOs, depth of focus, f-stops, long exposure, etc. The amount of information necessary to take great pictures is mind boggling. I really don’t understand how people used to do this before digital cameras came around. Can you imagine carrying around 10 different types of film, waiting days to see what kind of shots you took, not having technologies like remotes for snagging pictures on your tripod from a distance… it boggles my mind. Anyways, the learning curve has been quite steep and I know my pictures are still not great but I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy constantly learning new techniques with regards to photographing landscapes, people, animals etc. If you’re interested in looking at some of my “better” pictures, you can check them out here:

Here is a sample:

My Ghostly Image

My Ghostly Image




December 23, 2008 1 comment

Why is Brett Favre in the Pro Bowl? I am guessing John Madden stuffed the ballot box (in more ways than one). It’s really just ridiculous that this guy gets in based solely on his name and every announcer riding his you know what.

Lets look at stats: 

323 482 67.0 3239 6.72 56 21 4.4 19 3.9 30.0 213 84.0

That means, 67% 3239 yards and 21 TDs to 19 INTs… pro bowl caliber? 84 passer rating? Team on the verge of losing out on a playoff spot to a team who was 1-15 last year and is led by their former QB? Really? 

That brings me to my next point, Chad Pennington. I had my doubts about this guy from all the negative media publicity he had received in New York (call it the opposite of the Favre effect). However, I am a beleiver. The man cannot throw the ball with any kind of velocity. No doubt about that. But guess what, velocity might only be necessary in a game with 30 mph wind gusts. Luckily, Miami has not run into any of those and these are Chad’s stats:


299 446 67.0 3453 7.74 80 17 3.8 7 1.6 23.0 114 96.4


That means, 67%, 3453 yards and 17 TDs to 7 INTs… with the 2nd highest passer rating at 96.4. Not to mention he is leading a bunch of nobodys (Devone Bess, Greg Camarillo) on a team that went 1-15 the year prior. Now that is a Pro Bowl line. He has thrown for 200 more yards, and 12 less INTs… sure Favre has 4 more TDs but that is a horrible TD to INT ratio. Pennington throws over 2 TDs per INT… Favre is almost 1:1. 

RIDICULOUS… I am a Fins fan and dislike the Jets but this makes me dislike them even more. I can’t wait for Pennington to walk off that field Sunday victorious as the JETS fans weep uncontrollably when they realize the irony of the situation (if they even know what irony means). 





Obama Photo Essay

December 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Check out Time magazine’s photo essay. I wonder how much this lucky lady sold the photos for… 

Obama: The College Years – Photo Essays – TIME.

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Investor saw inside Madoff scam

December 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Imagine what will happen to all the billions of dollars the government has handed out if they can’t even stop a man who was known to be ripping people off for 9 years. 

“Markopolos waged a remarkable battle to uncover fraud at Madoff’s operation, sounding the alarm back in 1999 and continuing with his warnings all through this decade. The government never acted, Madoff continued his ways, and people lost billions.”

via Mass. investor saw inside Madoff scam – Yahoo! News.

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