I've written before about media coverage of Title IX, and here's another study of interest to women's sports advocates: An analysis of editorials in the nation's major newspapers shows that "men as victims" mythology lives on even in arguments that generally support the law. It's the "we know women should have equal rights in theory, but ...." line of reasoning -- which can be used to ultimately justify inequity.
I wrote a comment that hasn't yet made it onto the post. In case it's never made public, here it is:
as a swimmer, coach, and father of sons who swim, i've seen first-hand the damage that title ix has caused in our sport.
to claim that it's "mythology" is a tremendous insult.
title ix activists have used spin, intimidation, as well as fudged statistics to hide the fact that title ix enforcement is wiping out men's sports.
thanks to title ix, more women have had opportunities in athletics than in the past. that's what it's supposed to be all about.
those who've had children may soon begin to look at it from a different angle, though.
many of their sons won't have the same opportunities to participate in collegiate athletics.
They sure hate to admit it, but Title IX activists know that men's sports are being harmed as a direct result of the way it's being enforced.
The latest to slip up and stray from the party line that "it's all about the money" is Diana Nyad.
She has strong opinions on athletic funding in colleges, saying that men's football and basketball should operate on their own budgets, and that would allow a number of men's sports, now relegated to club status, to make a reappearance.
"Like a lot of laws, like the Constitution itself, laws are instituted, and times change," she said. "Today, there are so many anecdotes of (men's) sports being dropped around the country, and it's just not because of Title IX.
"I'm not the only one who feels this way. Football and basketball should operate the way they do, and put aside all the rest of that pie, all the rest of the money that comes in through federal funding, and it should be divided equally among boys and girls sports, so we still have gymnastics, tennis, wrestling, what the men want to do, and all the things women want to do. Take football and basketball out of the equation.
"The law was never meant to take men away from playing sports."