Saturday, October 14, 2006

Using the Title Box This One Time

While researching for a later post I stumbled upon this Sports Illustrated article that caught may attention. Here are some excerpts of the more germane passages:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance. -- From the preamble to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

"...interpreted by the Department of Education, which hews to the misguided concept of "proportionality": that if 61 percent of a student population is female, then 61 percent of the student athletes must be female, too."

"But since its enactment more than 170 men's wrestling teams have disappeared. Eighty men's tennis teams, 45 track teams and 106 men's gymnastics teams have been axed."

"Forty schools have dropped football. Walk-on male athletes in all sports are routinely turned away to keep rosters at a minimum so the male/female ratios in college sports programs don't get thrown off."

"That wasn't the idea behind Title IX. It was designed to create, not eliminate, opportunity."

And its ultimate achievement...

"UCLA's men's swimming team, which boasted 22 Olympic medals, is gone,..."

Is that progressive applause I'm hearing from Grandpa John?

Yep, Todd, I'm playing the 'victimology' card again! (Bwa-ha-ha-ha)

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