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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

See, this is the kind of crap that gets us members of the Women's Basketball Intelligentsia up in arms.

From BlueStar Basketball, the "longest running national evaluation and college showcase organization in women's basketball." Why it’s time to get beyond Title IX
But there’s another side to its legacy that threatens to tarnish the positive effects and cloud the challenges facing a more globalized women’s athletics landscape. Ever since the mid-1990s, when Title IX activists began pushing for proportionality — something they deny, of course — the women’s sports movement has veered away from the noble intent of the law, and away from embracing any reasonable definition of fairness for young athletes of both genders. (my emphasis)
I had a hard time getting though this opinion piece when I hit this paragraph.

I mean, feel free to do some creative thinking around the impact of Title IX on sports, but first get your friggin' facts straight. Or do some actual friggin' research. If you had, you'd know that "proportionality" is part of the three prongs used by the courts to assess an institution's compliance with Title IX.

On top of that, it was pushed by MEN'S FOOTBALL because, at the time Title IX was passed and they and the NCAA were fighting against it tooth and nail, women were a distinct minority on college campuses. They never imagined that women would want to go to college, so assessing a universities athletic offerings as it related to the "proportion of men v. women" in attendance guaranteed that football budgets would be protected. I mean, women would never want to get a degree, become doctors or lawyers or... gasp... play sports!

Now that the shoe's on the other foot, "Oooops."

Ok. I'm going to go off and spit some bullets and let the real experts over at the Title IX blog take this on.