More On the One-Way Conversation About Title IX

A couple of weeks back at Opposing Views, I talked about how proponents of gender quotas like to pretend that there’s only one side of the story when it comes to Title IX. I saw that dynamic at work again when a blogger from Aspen, Colorado wrote about attending a panel discussion on Title IX at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Here’s a list of the members of the panel:

  • Beth A. Brooke, Ernst & Young global vice chair of strategy, communications and regulatory affairs, ranked among Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World, former Purdue basketball player;
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, board of stewards for Women’s Sports Foundation, director of the Legal Advocacy Center for Women in Sports, law professor, Olympic gold medalist in swimming;
  • Alana Beard, Washington Mystics pro basketball players, former Duke star; and
  • Moderator: Tom Farrey, ESPN Reporter and author.

As you might imagine, it doesn’t seem like there was a whole lot of discussion about the law’s unintended effects. Then again, it didn’t stop the anonymous blogger named Lyssa from asking an interesting question:

For me the question isn’t if Title IX is important, valuable, and making a difference–it obviously is. For me, the question is: is Title IX, and how it is enforced today, the BEST way to create opportunities for women?

Now that’s a conversation the College Sports Council would like to have. Maybe the folks in Aspen will think about sponsoring a more diverse panel in 2011.

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