While many in Canada were embroiled in Hockey Night in Canada host Don Cherry’s no-women-in-the-dressing-room comment, Cherry himself was probably well past it.
He doesn’t appear to be the type who cares too much about what people think of him. His suits can attest to that.
In case you missed it, Cherry stated on Saturday night, April 27 that he doesn’t believe female reporters should be in the men’s locker room. This morphed into a press and social media frenzy in which Cherry’s been called a sexist, a dinosaur, an idiot and a handful of other endearing titles by those who opted to open their mouths before engaging their brains.
Now, it’s our understanding that modern-day NHL dressing rooms are designed such that there is an area for players to speak with the press, and this area is separate from the showers and nudity. That in itself is arguably enough to make the issue, well, a non-issue. But people got themselves worked up anyway. So for the sake of discussion, let’s pretend reporters are in fact accessing the locker room with hockey players in various stages of undress.
In that situation, Cherry is absolutely right: These are locker rooms for men.
Female reporters are up in arms, demanding equality and smartly asserting there’s nothing exciting to see in the men’s dressing room anyway. If they are as good at their jobs as they claim or should be, they’ll find a way to get their comments or sound bites anyway. That’s part of the job.
Then there’s the most obvious other side of the story: Should men be allowed in female dressing rooms?
Must we re-visit the entire concept behind separate male and female restrooms? What about dressing rooms at the mall? What about showers at the pool?
Heck, why don’t we all just try on new clothes, pee and shower together, all the while waxing narrative about stepping up the defence into the surrounding media scrum’s microphones?
Let’s look at a couple of potential locker-room scenarios:
There’s an incredible OHL prospect playing for the local minor hockey scene. After a home-ice victory, the sports reporter from the community paper wants this player’s comments on the upcoming draft.
The sports reporter is a 40-year-old woman and the player a 16-year-old male.
In another instance, there’s another young local hockey player who’s just landed a sweet scholarship with a prestigious post-secondary educational institution. After covering the hockey game, a different sports reporter hopes to get the player’s reaction to this achievement.
This time, the player is a 16-year-old female and the reporter is a 32-year-old male.
Regardless, the women’s liberation movement members are mad and the so-called forward thinkers are shaking their heads at that fossil Don Cherry.
And for what, exactly? For showing a little virtue on the part of both sexes? For demanding a little respect for women? No wonder the feminists are fuming.
Come on, people.
Far too many of us are too busy having opinions, too busy being offended, too busy being overly concerned with political correctness to first think critically for a second about just what it is we’re so upset about.