Isn’t There More Than One Way to Think About Gender and Athletics?

Over at Sports Law Blog, my old friend Michael McCann has posted the schedule for the Boston College Law Review Symposium on the NCAA. It’s set to take place on October 15, 2010.

There are all sorts of interesting panels — and congrats to Mike for getting picked to participate in one of them — but the panel that caught my eye was one that’s been scheduled to deal with the issue of gender. On the panel are Nancy Hogshead-Makar of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Erin Buzuvis from the Title IX Blog and Deborah Corum, Associate Commissioner of the SEC and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.
Now, there are some folks out there that might complain that packing a panel on the issue of gender with three women might be a little unbalanced. Then again, here at the College Sports Council, we oppose gender quotas of any kind in athletics, and that’s even if we’re just discussing the issue.
It’s hard not to notice that the panel is packed with three individuals who represent organizations that are intractable supporters of the use of gender quotas to enforce Title IX in college athletics. Given that all three folks represent the same point of view, I can’t see how the panel will be terribly exciting or informative. Then again, the choices tell you all you need to know about the kind of group think that can take hold in the gender quota community and the severe allergy they all share when it comes to even a mildly dissenting point of view.

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