As a psychologist specializing in men's issues and male/female relationships, I feel compelled to respond to The Post article on locker-room nudity {"Herald Calls Foul on Patriots," Style, Sept. 26}.

A men's locker room is a place where men get undressed and shower and use the toilet and get dressed. Traditionally, it has been a private area as most bathrooms still are. It is an invasion of privacy for a woman to insist on being there. Prior to writing this letter, I surveyed female clients about this article, and their responses were: "Ridiculous," "Invasion of privacy," "Female wimp," "Shouldn't be there" and "No comment because I don't want you to hear me cuss."

Men need friendship and need time with other men. Most men do not have enough opportunity to spend time with friends, and many men have no friends. Athletics and the comraderie of the team in the locker room allow healthful outlets for men's feelings. Also, most men have a difficult time saying no to a woman and will grant an interview even when they do not want to; and believe it or not, many men are shy and embarrassed to be seen naked by an unknown woman. Men deserve the privacy that the locker room is supposed to afford.

In its story The Post quoted the sports reporter as feeling "humiliated," "degraded," "violated" and "disgusted." She described the locker room as "smelly, stinky . . . dirty socks around. It's horrible. I hate it." Any reporter, male or female, who finds his or her interview space so very offensive should not be required to interview in that area. I hope the Boston Herald and other publications will assign their reporters to areas that are suitable to their tastes, since they will probably be able to write a better story rather than create a scene that becomes the story.

Increased respectfulness of men and women toward each other is germane to better male/female relationships of all kinds.

ALVIN S. BARAFF Washington