Did anyone catch the Ines Sainz interview yesterday morning on GMA? I tried to link to it, but it did not work. The media seems to be playing up the Jets having sexually harassed Ms. Sainz in the locker room. But then when you hear her, which in itself is funny with her strong accent, she didn't know she had been harassed until someone told her. Apparently, she did not bring the charges and was not feeling "uncomfortable" during her time with the Jets. It seems our media made more out of the situation than actually happened. If the person does not think she was harassed, then was she? If Ms. Sainz enjoys the attention, then how could it be harassment? Although I understand that certain types of behavior are not good in the workplace and should probably be discouraged, obviously it was not Ines who did the discouraging.
It reminded me of a time back in NM. Toby and I were attending a town council meeting in Santa Fe where garbage collections was the topic. There were not a lot of people present, but definitely an odd mixture of folks that only Northern NM produces. Several older Hispanic gentlemen and one hippie-chick activist sort were on the council and present at the meeting. A young, beautiful blond woman wearing a red business suit (dress and high heels) represented the town's trash business. Toby was there representing another trash company. As everyone sat down to the conference table, one of the older Hispanic councilmen remarked to the beautiful blond, "You are about the prettiest trashwoman I've ever met." I thought he was being both funny and complimentary. The blond was very professional and smiled and laughed at the comment saying, "Thank you." But the hippie-chick activist got her panties in a wad and said, "You know that borders on sexual harassment." Talk about a conversation killer! Hippie-chick's comment made everyone uncomfortable.
On one hand, I do think it is important that women be in the workplace without harassment issues, but what constitutes harassment is often vague or different for different women and different cultures and different situations. It may be good to be conscience of other's feelings, but it is not good when everyone is paranoid. And personally, I think if a woman can't take the heat, she needs to get out of the kitchen. How is that for a sexist comment?