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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 FoxSports.com 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: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/brett-favre-jenn-sterger-allegations-should-be-resolved-by-nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-100810 and http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/clinton-portis-ines-sainz-new-york-jets-nfl-truths-jason-whitlock-091610

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Pro-Bowl

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). 

 

 

GO DOLPHINS!

GO DOLPHINS!

ESPN Page 2 – Gregg Easterbrook

December 17, 2008 Leave a comment

So I like reading this piece written by Gregg Easterbrook every week or so on ESPN.com. Now, ESPN.com isn’t exactly the “hot spot” for insights into American political happenings, but Easterbrook always touches a nerve with his article. This week he delved into AIG, the Senate and UAW. 

Here is the link to his column this week: Gregg Easterbrook

It is astounding to me that Congress consistently makes a mockery of the American people. Even worse is that most people never even find ouut what is going on. Hell, I didn’t know this was going on until I read his article! “$14 billion for cars and autoworkers making an actual product, no no no… we definitely need to investigate this further before we make a decision” – 

“$700 billion dollars for  cash flow because your P/E Ratio has declined on a bearish market due to a market correction? Well, don’t let me get in your way…” Easterbrook makes a great point on this and one that we shouldn’t simply laugh at (although it is tempting until you remember thats $700 billion that could have been spent on universal healthcare, improvements in education, or even more rebate checks for all of us). Now, the UAW definitely needs to take a lot of the responsibility for their misguided attemtps to point a finger at the Big Three. How could THEY not recognize that THEY HAD TO negotiate? Sure their workers got shafted years ago with horrible working conditions and poor pay, but c’mon, they make $50 bucks an hour (on average) now. Give it up… do you want a job that pays slightly less (maybe 35-40 an hour) or a government check for less than a year that probably won’t even come out to 20 bucks an hour? RIDICULOUS…

Lastly, this last excerpt from Easterbrook really gets me going: 

“Meanwhile, Congress is shocked to learn that the executive pay limits in the Wall Street and banking-industry bailout package are toothless. Who’s to blame? Congress. It was the members of Congress who voted for a bailout package whose executive pay “limits” were unenforceable, plainly intended solely as a PR exercise. Yet Congress did nothing. Now it turns out AIG is paying top executives up to $4 million each in taxpayer money as “retention bonuses,” justified on the transparently fake claim that otherwise they will jump to other lucrative offers… But what is Congress doing? Nothing!”

Ay caramba… Stupid is as stupid does… there’s a lot of stupid going on in our government.

UAW? You got it all wrong, its GW.

UAW? You got it all wrong, it's GW.