Title IX Across the Blogosphere

Feminists Mad at President Bush,” by Mark Noonan, Blogs for Bush, 22 March 2005, http://www.blogsforbush.com/mt/archives/004038.html.

Title IX Changes,” by Chris, A Large Regular, 22 March 2005, http://large-regular.blogspot.com/2005/03/title-ix-changes-there-seems-to-be.html.

Title IX Compliance,” by Jen, Optional N, 23 March 2005, http://optional-n.com/?p=686.

Computer Scientist blogger Jen(n) misses the point on Bush all but ending

At the time, they made no changes to Title IX, but this Internet survey is effectively the old recommendation that we ask girls and women if they want sports before we fund them. To me, that is just outright foolish, and I can’t understand seeing it as any other way. Our society and culture are biased against women in sports, and the way to encourage women to participate in athletics is to ask them if they want athletics?

She misses the point. Title IX combines the harm of affirmitive action with the insanity of federal education legislation. Among other things, the law

  • Assumes that girls and their families are too ignorant to make their own extra-curricular decisions
  • Lessens happiness, as more popular male sports are cut to make room for less popular female sports
  • Attempts to create a New Style Woman and New Style Man, like the rest of progressive politics
  • Violates the freedom of everyone involved, because colleges are prohibited from offering sports to willing (and because of tuition, paying) students because of federal legislation

Title IX is a state-heavy monolith, but fortunately it never forced true equality. Mr. Noonan is incorrect when he writes

In this case, it relates to Title IX; a law which, in feminist theory, requires schools to provide the same athletic opportunities for boys and girls. If there’s a boys wrestling team, then there must be a girls wrestling team. The fact, at a particular school, that there are no girls interested in wrestling is irrelevant. Our feminists live entirely in the world of theory, and if the facts don’t fit the theory then the facts are to be ignored.

The law forced equal participation across sports, but not in any one sport. A better example would be if there was a guy’s wrestling team, there head to be a gal’s volleyball team.

Last, while Chris is incorrect when he says Title IX was not a bad idea in itself, he does offer a compromise

The solution in my eyes has always been to make cheerleading a varsity sport.

OK – are you done laughing or thinking I’m a chauvinist pig?

I’m serious. Cheerleading is not easy. My sister in law teaches gymnastics and is also a high school cheerleading coach. Her cheerleaders work just as hard as most of the varsity players they cheer and their practice is just as physically demanding. Most cheerleaders but not all will be girls whereas 100% of football scholarships go to the guys. All the other seasonal sports match up equally. Men’s basketball and women’s basketball, baseball and softball, men’s and women’s volleyball, etc, etc. It is football that throws things out of whack. If cheerleading was a varsity sport then the number of football scholarships could be equaled off with cheerleader scholarships.

Hey if cheerleading was good enough for the President then it should be good enough for Title IX compliance.

Update: Pilight offers a contrarian view:

I think it’s much ado about nothing. If anything, it makes Title IX more enforceable

As for conservatives and anti-feminists, well they’re beating the hell out of that straw man. Schools have never been required to show proportionality and it’s always been the least used prong for compliance. Interest in college wrestling was already on the decline before Title IX was enacted and the slide has only accelerated. The eliminated programs almost certainly would have been eliminated anyway, some people just like to have someone or something besides themselves to blame.

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  1. It is a varsity sport at the University of Kentucky, who, win the national championship almost every year. I agree, it is a hard, difficult sport. Very competitive! Football and Basketball would not be the same if it wasn’t for cheerleading.

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