CA Lawmaker Speaks Truths on Title IX, Bashing Ensues
“We need to be honest about the effects of what I believe are faulty court interpretations or federal enforcement of Title IX, because it has led to the abolition of many male sports across the board in UCs and Cal States…And that was never the intention of this, to have numerical equality. It was never the intention to attain equality by reducing opportunities for the men.”
Title IX was created to end the double standard, to guarantee equal opportunities for both genders. Yet here we are, 40 years after the creation of Title IX, and it’s still acceptable to discriminate on the basis of sex via enforcement policies that rely on numbers, not human beings, to judge schools’ compliance with Title IX. And not only that, we are chastising people like Mr. Norby who recognize that this phenomenon is real — and rampant.
Contrary to the popular assertion that Title IX reform will set us back, detract from the athletic experiences of female athletes, and establish male-only sports departments, altering the law’s regulations will strengthen it and guarantee that men and women who want to play sports are able to. Mr. Norby is both correct and brave to reflect on how far we’ve veered away from the original Title IX path; anniversaries aren’t just for celebrating.