“Title IX” Cut Off Male Athletes

by Eric Pearson – (Washington Times)  via henrymakow.com June 24, 2012

Eric Pearson is the chairman of the American Sports Council, a national coalition of coaches, athletes, parents, alumni and fans who are devoted to preserving and promoting the student-athlete experience.
To hear reporters tell it, Americans one and all are gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX. But if you look closer, you’ll notice that some people are missing – notably the thousands of male student-athletes who have lost participation opportunities because their teams were cut or capped.
Title IX was enacted by Congress in 1972 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender. Since then, the regulations that test compliance with the law have evolved to the point where they permit the very discrimination the law was intended to prohibit.
Thanks to the dubious way Title IX is enforced, schools everywhere fear they must make their sports rosters “proportional” to their enrollment in order to be safe from the wrath of federal regulators and trial lawyers. That means if 57 percent of the student body is female (the average at America’s colleges) then 57 percent of the school’s athletes must be female as well. This compliance test serves to advantage the majority gender on college campuses in every way possible, while the minority gender is pushed below the law.
However, the glowing media coverage of Title IX’s anniversary avoids these dirty details and blatantly crosses the line from objective reporting to cheerleading. Any damage done by Title IX’s enforcement is roundly ignored, and any criticism is summarily dismissed.
The team at ESPN has done its best to invent new scapegoats for the loss of male athletic opportunities. For example, ESPN’s Peter Keating claims that “you will find that the real enemy of men’s sports isn’t Title IX. It’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scholarship limits.” His theory fails to consider that hundreds of colleges don’t even offer athletic scholarships.

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