Today’s post is simple, & after some research, seems as if the tide is shifting to a more intelligent application of the rule.
Today is about Title IX.
For those who don’t know, Title IX was the incredibly good-hearted notion that women should be given the exact same athletic team rights & opportunities as men at public institutions of higher learning. Back in 1972, it could be argued that women were generally not encouraged to express themselves athletically, & as one who had a bad-ass athlete sister, I’m glad this sea change occurred in society in general.
But of course, according to a governmental law, the letter of the intention became the norm, & not the spirit. So eventually, men’s programs started getting hacked & eliminated, regardless of the interest or participation…simply because the quotas had to balance out between gender participation.
More & more, a lot of us are taking steps to keep ourselves fit as we get older. A simple question should probably be asked here—
If you’re a guy, generally what do you do to keep fit? Flag football, pickup basketball, a weekend soccer or softball league?
Women, what do you do? In lieu of the above, I’d guess the answer would veer more towards yoga, Pilates, jogging, spinning, zumba, etc.
So I guess I’m asking a simple question—should colleges start offering non-tuition classes/activities focusing on the above, & not worry so much about fielding teams? There’s no question that women & girls are now fully encouraged to be as athletic & active as they can be…but in 1972 when title IX came to the fore—how many of the above activities even existed, much less were popular?
Maybe a more realistic shift can occur, & then some of the women who don’t feel particularly athletic or competitive could have outlets sponsored by our institutions, like P.E. classes on steroids(*hey*, that was a fun description). And then maybe good habits can form at a key developmental age in women that will carry them a lifetime…& just maybe the insane pressure to stay “fit” in our culture can simply be dealt with in a more natural, positive, & nurturing way.
If enough girls want to play a sanctioned sport at a school, by all means, that sport needs to be put on. Same with men. But let’s let our academic institutions learn from the real world too…& start obeying the choices men & women make as adults.