SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Gender equality goes both ways

Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 04:24 PM.

I’ve always had mixed feelings about Title IX, which mandates female student-athletes be given the same opportunities to compete as their male counterparts.

It’s not that I’m against equality for women — I have three sisters and five nieces — but there comes a time when equality for females becomes inequality for males.

I believe Title IX stands for equal opportunity. But equal opportunity doesn’t always result in equal numbers.

Davidson Middle School's football team only has 30 players on this year's roster — a direct result of Title IX. Administrators set a limit on the number of boys playing football so there will be an equal number of girls participating in Davidson sports.

The thing that troubles me is that my understanding is that not one young lady wanting to participate in Davidson athletics was being denied that opportunity because there might have been 40 or 50 players on the football team.

The discrepancies are at every level where young men have been discriminated against because of Title IX's effects.

Did you know a Division I men’s college basketball team gets 12 scholarships, but the women’s basketball teams get 15?

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