Abusing Title IX

27 Apr

Interesting how loopholes are used to make gender equity look like a reality. In this NY Times article, we hear of how male practice players get counted as women athletes on the basketball court. How women walk-on tennis players are present on the roster but don’t really have to practice with the team let alone go to tournaments and represent the school. It makes me realize that my own participation in USA as an NCAA scholarship athlete was part of that sham – we too had one season with male practice players. I’m sure those guys, who were quite proud of being a part of the athletic department, didn’t know their role was positioned as “statistical woman”. I know that we the players were not aware that these men – who were helping us out – were in actuality taking up positions for other women to gain a scholarship through the athletic department. Transparency = 0.

EDIT: The women’s sports foundation has posted a response to the article in question [PDF]

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