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Thursday, February 27, 2003
11:28 PM

Just a quick note that there's probably not a good way to spin Education Secretary Paige's cave-in on Title IX. I am told that sentiment at the College Sports Council is not exactly upbeat. I think they're wondering what the hell happened.

Here's an Independent Womens' Forum press release that came out before Paige's retreat:

Recommendations made this week by the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics will improve the unfair environment created by Title IX but not go far enough.

We at the Independent Women’s Forum commend the Commission for taking a step in the right direction. However, we would prefer to see Title IX’s gender proportionality requirement ended, because it is nothing more than an onerous quota system that has led to the elimination of thousands of male athletic slots.

The enforcement of Title IX has sadly traded one form of discrimination—against women—for another, discrimination against men....

While the proportionality system is not abolished, the Commission’s recommendations will allow wiggle room for college athletic departments struggling to avoid lawsuits. We are encouraged that the recommendations open the door for taking into consideration different levels and kinds of athletic interest between men and women.

Actress Geena Davis has announced a campaign to, “Save Title IX.” What she is really advocating is hanging on to the quota system that has betrayed the original intent of Title IX.

A betrayal that apparently will continue under Paige. As noted in my earlier post, even unfunded male teams with enthusiastic outside support will not be allowed to function unless the female quota is met, even if women choose not to participate. If my interpretation of Paige's action is correct, the outcome is a farce.

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