dhinkansas saidNo reporter, regardless of gender, should be in a locker room after the game. That's for the coaches and players to change and decompress. I hate any reporter shoving a micophone in a player's face as soon as they get in the locker-room, asking "Why Chad, you struck out with the bases loaded to end the game. How are you feeling right now?"
There's plenty of time after players change.
The double standard can work both ways. You don't see Kirk Herbsteit in the US Lady Soccer Teams shower after a match.
That's a team decision, that ideally the players get to influence. If the team doesn't want reporters in the locker room after a game, then there are no reporters in the locker room. It's a private space, and reporters can't barge in unless they are allowed. And once they are allowed, reporters of both genders must be admitted, per US court rulings.
As for women's sports, I honestly don't know if these court rulings have relevance in a women's locker room. I can't ever recall seeing reportage from a female locker room, even by female reporters. Therefore, this may be a moot point.
Still, if female reporters were allowed into a women's locker room, you would think that male reporters should be, too. I just don't know. But the general lack of interest in the US in women's sports may be the real reason here.
I mean, who really cares about female athletes? Not much in the US, except for a few tennis players. And who ever interviews any tennis players, man or woman, in a locker room? That's a team thing.
And what female sports teams ever get a lot of interest in the US? Zilch. Maybe the Olympics every few years, but even then not a lot. And the Olympics are more strictly controlled regarding press access. I can't think of any female professional teams in the US that really generate a lot of excitement, that reporters would go into their locker rooms if they could.
So this is not a valid comparison.