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Title IX, education amendments of 1972, was passed by congress in hopes to create equality amongst the sexes in high school and college sports. But how equal are the opportunities for both male and female students? Not very. Thousands Females from across the nation are participating on all-male teams. And the number of males on all-female teams, zero. Furthermore, Title IX, while raising the opportunities for females, has lowered the opportunities for males to participate in school sponsored sports. Because of this, Title IX creates the illusion of equality within high school and college sports, and therefore should be terminated.
When in high school, there are sports for the student body to join such as Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Softball (many of which hold try-outs). While a female has the opportunity to play/try-out for any sport they want, males are limited to sports which have not been labeled as an “all-girls team”. In my own high school, for instance, two girls were on the football team, a sport without a “girl’s team”. And although many players’ parents didn’t support the fact that there were girls on the football team, there was nothing they could do about it. On the other hand, a few male students wanted to play on the softball team, a sport without a “guy’s team”. However, they were not even allowed to try out. Fair, equality, the same, the very foundation of what Title IX is supposed to be built on….do these words come to mind while looking at this example?
Title IX has dampened the opportunities for males to participate in sports on the collegiate level as well. In order to conform to laws brought forth by Title IX, colleges haven’t added female sports, but rather done away with male sports. “According to the NCAA, since 1991 nearly 6,000 collegiate athletic opportunities for females have been added, but men have lost over 20,000 opportunities in the same time frame. Is that the government's idea of fair?” (USA Vanguard). Colleges across the country have gone to the extremes of eliminating teams, such as male soccer teams, so they wouldn’t have to invest in a women’s team. Is that far, telling an upcoming senior, on scholarship for soccer, that everything he has worked for is gone just like that, having Title IX to thank?
Title IX has done anything but create equality in high school and college sports. Females can tryout for any sport offered at a school but males cannot. Females have seen there opportunities in sports expand, while males can only sit back and watch while there sports continue to disappear. Something needs to be done, if the government’s intentions were to create equality, not inequality.
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