July 23, 2003
The Bush Administration has just re-affirmed the Clintonian
feminists' Title IX outrages, which impose a gender quota-like system
on college sports. The feminists are squealing with joy, but Bush is
dreaming if he thinks they will ever reward him with their votes.
At least 56 percent of college students are women, yet only a
fraction seek to compete in intercollegiate sports. The Clintonian
feminists' "proportionality" test laid down the absurd rule that fewer
than 56 percent of women on athletic teams would be judged unlawful sex
To protect against lawsuits, colleges have been disbanding men's
teams, a practice that doesn't benefit women in the slightest.
Wrestling, one of the least expensive sports, is a major casualty of
this mindless demand for quota equality.
Other fatalities include men's track and field, swimming and
gymnastics; Howard University even abandoned its baseball team. You
don't have to be a math major to compare the total number of male and
female athletes at a college and then dismantle men's teams until the
proportion reflects enrollment.
A July 11 "guidance" letter sent by the Bush Administration to all
colleges tosses some soft-soap language at the men such as "the
elimination of teams is a disfavored practice." But the guidance
preserves the "proportionality" methodology that invites an army of
attorneys to sue any deep-pocket college with a gender-quota
The new guidance promises that the Department of Education will
"aggressively enforce" Title IX and continue to use the Clinton
Administration's three-prong test which the guidance claims "has worked
well." More important, the guidance keeps the door open for feminist
lawyers to continue to take the "proportionality" prong all the way to
the bank and hope to collect over $1 million in attorneys' fees from
each college (which was the lawyers' fee for suing Brown University).
The guidance proves that President Bush's statements against
quotas are just empty rhetoric. The guidance allows the colleges to
continue using quotas (under the code word proportionality), which the
liberals and feminists who run the colleges are eager to use.
Men's sports teams can't be saved by private funding since this
battle is not about money. Many male teams such as football are
excellent fundraisers because alumni (like most sports fans) are bigger
fans of men's sports than women's.
Walk-on athletes who are not recruited or financed by the college
should be removed from gender comparisons, since they reflect the fact
that men are far more interested in sports. Older women, who
increasingly attend college but are beyond their athletically
competitive years, should also be excluded.
At the very least, the Bush Administration should have called for
comparing the gender ratio of those who make the teams against those
who tried out. If a higher percentage of women make the teams than men
do, which is usually the case, then the college is probably not
Last year Education Secretary Rod Paige appointed a panel to study
the effect of Title IX on college sports. But after the feminists went
on a media attack against reform, the Bush Administration retreated in
Paige quelled the commotion by announcing he would consider only
proposals that received unanimous commission support. That guaranteed
perpetuation of the status quo.
Men on sports teams act like men, and the feminists are hostile to
the male culture. College football produces social conservatives such
as Jack Kemp, Steve Largent, J.C. Watts and the late Supreme Court
Justice Byron White.
College wrestling programs brought us conservative stalwarts
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Speaker Dennis Hastert. Track
and field yielded Jim Ryun, one of the greatest milers of all time and
now a Congressman.
While football players are known to date cheerleaders, women
collegiate athletes are not known to chase quarterbacks. The radical
feminists' hostility toward men is manifested in the abolition of
sports in which men excel, such as wrestling.
Young women are ultimately hurt by this irrational feminist
agenda. Girls are unwittingly pushed into higher risks of injury and
Studies show that female competitors have a higher incidence of
knee and head injuries compared to men. Torn anterior cruciate
ligaments (ACLs) are crippling women athletes at an alarming rate, and
last year decimated even the well-trained women's professional soccer
A 1999 study found that girls softball had double the rate of
serious head injuries as boys baseball, despite a baseball's greater
hardness and speed. Last fall, the only girl in a junior football
league in Chicago suddenly collapsed and died from a blood clot in the
brain, apparently caused by a routine tackle days earlier.
It is unjust to limit the number of men in intercollegiate sports
to the relative number of women in college. Discrimination should be
based on opportunity (the word in the regulation) rather than on equal
Just imagine what would happen if our military refused to enlist
men unless an equal number of women enlisted!