Title IX : How To Make A Good Thing A Bad Thing

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By John Hubbuch

The Chicago Tribune's Thursday May 31st front page headline " Title IX's Gains Stall In Sports" suggested that the legislative prohibition agaist female athletes had not been successful because only 41 % of  the nation's athletes were female pretty much missed the point. The real story here is that  today 6 times as many girls are playing sports than in 1972 when the law was passed. You could argue that this law is among the most successful ever passed. Millions of young women have benefited from playing sports, and learning about discipline, teamwork and dealing with victory and defeat.  Ask older women what their athletic opportunities were-- cheering for the boys.                                   

To suggest that the law has not been successful because the girls slightly lag the boys is PC nit-picking. There are any number of reasons for the small gap: football distorts the comparison; more girls are drawn to dance, music and theater; and girl's professional sports models are much diminished in terms of sports coverage and celebrity. Oh, and there is just the possibilty that boys like sports more than girls. Who knows why? Maybe girls are just different than boys.  

The Chapter IX glass is not just half full, it is almost topped off.

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Posted: June 13th, 2012 10:47 AM

The Proportionality Test applied to Title XI is responsible for the elimination of over 2,200 men's teams. There has to be a better way of promoting women's athletics, without killing men's athletics; especially the "non-income" sports.

Greg Lewis from Oak Park  

Posted: June 4th, 2012 9:20 AM

Oh John - John - you poor misguided soul. To even suggest that there is a difference between males and females is beyond the pale. Opportunity is not enough! - IT IS PARTICIPATION THAT MUST BE EQUAL!! Not 49.9%, or 50.1%, but equal. But putting that aside- as a parent of two teenage girls, and and reformed Hoosier-ite, I applaud Title IX and what it has done for woman.

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