First and foremost, before I read this I should say that I had no idea what Title IX is. Also, when I think of college sports, I usually think of Men’s Football, Men’s Soccer, and Men’s Basketball. My next two on the list though would be Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Field Hockey. Why do I think of these five sports? Because at the football games when the video is presented of how great Michigan Sports are these sports are typically highlighted in the video. I think that Men’s sports are more dominant and prevalent in colleges, and I had did not know that there was such a high effort being placed on the desire of having more equality for Women athletes.
On this note, I think I would have to say I agree with the article, “Time’s Up for Title IX Sports,” written by Jessica Gavora. The way that Jessica wrote her essay, especially near the conclusion made it seem as if the reason Title IX exists is because a bunch of women got upset about a lack of gender equality in sports, were very persuasive, and now women should get more recognition for being college athletes than men (which can be seen in terms of scholarships awarded per athlete per gender). On page 109, Gavora states, “The edifice of discrimination these activists built is a testament to their commitment.” She doesn’t say “success” or “encouragement”, rather she describes their commitment as leading to discrimination in colleges based upon your gender. This is wrong, and athletics in college shouldn’t have to be so planned out based upon gender.
I believe that the article, “Political Football” supports the ideas of Title IX, although it supports it because of “opportunities for men and women” (116) and it talks more about the relationships of athletes, whereas the first article seems to focus on scholarships. Saying this though, I think that this third article would support the first article, focused on the subject of Women’s Rowing.
Although I understand the opinions of both of the articles, which is that it’s great for women to have so many opportunities as college athletes, along with the fact that now gender is more equally represented in college sports, I still do not believe that colleges should have to go to so much effort in order to keep their numbers of male athletes and female athletes equal. This almost seems more fraudulent to me than not having gender equality. In the first article it is mentioned that now even middle-list athletes are heavily recruited by colleges, whereas before it was only the best of the best were recruited. Due to the enactment of the Title IX laws though, colleges have to scour the United States, and even other countries, to ensure that they will have enough female interest in athletics. I think that this in itself may have corrupted the level of competition and fun of college sports for a lot of athletes. Maybe there should be a way to encourage that female students who want to play a sport can play a sport, but this shouldn’t mean having to limit the opportunities available for men.