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Has Title IX been successful in leveling the playing field for men and women in college sports?

Response Percent Votes
54% 208
31% 120
Not sure
14% 57
Total 385


jhawkinsf 6 years, 3 months ago

I voted not sure because I'm not sure the playing field needed leveling. That would have assumed equal interest in participating in sports and I'm not at all certain that is true.

Clara Westphal 6 years, 3 months ago

There has been more than enough support for women's athletics. There are women's swimming, tennis, rowing and soccer teams. The men's teams for those sports were eliminated so Title Nine rules would be met.

And by the way, men in the sports that were eliminated were carrying the highest grade point average of any of the students in athletics.

blindrabbit 6 years, 3 months ago

If your definition of levelling means "at the expense of others" then maybe so, but really, women's sports do not carry the same interest as men's. Not be chauvinistic, but most women would agree with this. It's kinda like trying to get the U.S. sports fans to fully embrace soccer, many like to play the game, but few like to watch.

Charlie Bannister 6 years, 3 months ago

Not being a politically correct person, I feel free to say this. Title IX is like so many other things the government sicks its nose in. It is a totally ridulous law that in many cases makes colleges give up successful men's teams with decent fan interest in order to satisfy the requirements of Title IX. If this is leveling the playing field I fail to see how. What if we were eliminating women's teams in order to get men's teams that draw more interest? There would be a hue and a cry from the left, believe me.

Gareth Skarka 6 years, 3 months ago

So great to hear from a bunch of guys whining about how unfair it is that Women's sports are required by law to be funded to the same level as Men's.

I mean, how dare we offer our daughters the same opportunities as our sons?

Betcha you guys are all fans of Limbaugh, too. It shows.

Charlie Bannister 6 years, 3 months ago

Hey Gareth---it has nothing to do with being against women in any way. It is about economic viability. If there is interest in a particular product people will pay to use it, wear it, drive it, or see it. It is called the "marketplace" and that is what capitalism is. Bet you are even college educated, which these days isn't really saying much considering what colleges are teaching. If people do not want to come pay and see a particular sport, than it is now a mandate by government that colleges step forth and susidize it, all in the name of equality. Been that way since the 70's and I doubt it will change.

Gareth Skarka 6 years, 3 months ago

We shouldn't be talking about "capitalism" -- despite the tendency to try to make college sports into businesses, this is supposed to be about educational opportunities. If you spend X on athletics for men, you have to spend X for women. Simple equal opportunity for participation in an educational environment.

"Marketplace" is Randian BS, and has no place in a discussion of education.

notasheeple 6 years, 3 months ago

I have an idea. Eliminate the distinction between mens and womens sports. Make each sport co-ed, and then you can naturally let interest level and athetic ability determine the makeup of the teams.

Mel Wedermyer 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm all for equality, but maybe there isn't an equal interest in sports. Let men have an equal number of sports.

sweatybutcher 6 years, 3 months ago

title IX is physically and mentally preparing our young women for roles in leadership and society. I don't really know what the guys are getting out of it. maybe some really fun years. ffs, it is just sports.

KU_cynic 6 years, 3 months ago

Football distorts and warps, because the number of athletes involved (85 scholarships) and the lack of a women's sport with a comparable level of participation and fan interest. Because of Title IX concerns about headcount parity, KU ended men's tennis and swimming/diving (while retaining women's equivalents) and started a women's rowing team. Now KU recruits women for the crew team -- women who mostly have never participated in the sport -- and built a costly boathouse on the Kaw financed by fees on all KU students.

Do these decisions level the playing field, or merely create other inequities and absurdities?

Imagine how simpler it would be without football. A men's soccer team, a women's soccer team. A men's basketball team, a women's basketball team. A baseball team and a softball team. A women's swimming team, a men's swimming team. And so on.

If American could just end it's sick and costly obsession with football we could spend our time, money, and attention in many better ways.

Did you know that in Texas 6-year-olds play full pads tackle football under the direction of 5-member coaching staffs? Sick.

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