The Incident begs the follow-up question
to the familiar
Virginia Slims slogan: Have you really?"
In 1793, Priscilla Mason said...
"(Men) denied us the means of knowledge
reproach us for the want of it....
They doomed the sex
to servile or frivolous employment
on purpose to degrade
their minds, that they themselves
might hold unrivalled
the power and preemptions they usurped."
In 1916, in Social Rule, Elsie Clews
"Even the women's movement we have
called feminism has
not succeeded by and large in giving
women any control
over men. It has only changed the
women... removing vast numbers of
women from the class
supported by men to the class working
In 1990, Melissa Ludtke, the female
plaintiff who won her
right to male locker rooms through
court order, wrote in the
October 15th issue of Time Magazine
"To be a sportswriter, women learn
quickly that they
must observe certain unwritten rules.
tolerate an interminable onslaught
of teasing tossed at
them. They must bury female sensibilities
at the door.
If they linger in the locker room
or converse in too
friendly a fashion with players,
they are accused of
flirting and talked about in unflattering
undermine their credibility and wear
And also in October 15th issue of
People Magazine, Lisa Olson
the Herald Reporter involved in the
Incident is quoted as
saying... "You put up with
a lot of crap covering the locker
room. `The hey baby!'... and `You
wanna go out some
time, baby?' stuff. You learn that
its part of the job."
Though the latter two women do not
speak for all female
sportswriters, they do express an
inherent inequality to the
enforcement of their right to pursue
a profession on an equal
basis, for the male reporters are
not required to leave their
masculinity at the door or forced
to deal with sexual innuendos.
Women sports reporters are being
required to play by male
sports reporters' rules, not gender
neutral rules. According
to Ann Litwin, a New York based consultant
to Fortune 500
companies on gender partnerships
in the workplace, "When you
ask women to work and think by men's
rules, they can, but
they will be as awkward as if you
asked right-handed people
to eat with their left-hands... For
true equality, we all
have to find new ways."