4.19.2005

Title IX

Yesterday, I read an opinion piece in the Daily Illini. The main thrust of the opinion piece is that a recent change to Title IX is wrong, and needs to be changed.

Ironically enough, I agree that Title IX needs some changes. Here are some good reasons:

WMU's Matt Sackrider finishes 42nd in Boston Marathon - if you read the article, you find out that he was in the CC and Track programs, until they got cut. Well, the men's programs got cut - the women's programs are still in place.

WMU men have: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis
WMU women have: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball.

Let's try my alma mater:

Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
Women: Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming/Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball.

My alma mater used to have a Men's Diving Team. They were nationally ranked the year that they got cut. They used to have men's fencing - axed for "budget reasons".

As this article states, the problem is not in the basic concept of Title IX, but in the implimentation. At the high school level, men outnumber women in athletic programs by almost 2:1. To try and achieve parity at the collegiate level is to deny thousands of men their opportunity to play.

And thinking of equality - why is there the massive push to get more women into engineering (a field dominated by men), but no equal push to get more men into education (a field dominated by women)?

1 Comments:

Blogger Kyle said...

And thinking of equality - why is there the massive push to get more women into engineering (a field dominated by men), but no equal push to get more men into education (a field dominated by women)?

Because in our capitalist brains, equal pay is more important than across-the-board equal representation in all professions. Equality in teaching positions isn't as important because it's a lower paying job. Equal representation among janitors (for instance) is less important still.

2:09 PM  

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