June 29, 2007, - 5:30 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Saturday was an important anniversary in feminist history.
But the only “feminist” celebrating the ill-gotten spoils of victory was famous anti-male activist George W. Bush.
You’d think Gloria Steinem and the “Cassidy Butches and the WNBA Kids” of the Women’s Sports Foundation would be swinging from the chandeliers–their brush cuts remaining stiff in the breeze–over the 35th anniversary of Title IX.
On June 23, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Title IX into law.
The law–which was supposed to guarantee equal educational opportunities regardless of gender–was perverted by courts and Executive Branch government bureaucrats into something else: a way for feminists to defeat males in one of the few arenas left where even affirmative action won’t help them beat men–boys’ and mens’ sports in public schools and universities all over America.
Title IX has been wielded to dump world class, Olympic Gold Medal-producing programs like Men’s Swimming and Diving at schools like UCLA and USC. It’s been used to eliminate males from competing in track and field at dozens of colleges. And, yes, it’s even the cause of dumping college football programs at some schools. All in the name of important, audience-attracting, popular sports like badminton, lacrosse, and crew. You know, the sports that NBC and ESPN are fighting to show on Saturday afternoons.
But, oddly, you didn’t hear much about it from the chick activists. There was no lacto-ovo, vegan tofu cake with environmentally-friendly candles and a castrated male figure on top. Nope, no celebrations from man-haters with uteruses.
Only the man-hater who happens to head the White House celebrated. On Wednesday, President Bush hosted the University of Arizona Women’s Softball Team at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, posing with them in the Rose Garden. And, while soldiers are getting blown to bits all over Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush focused on our nation’s important priorites. He hosted a softball tee with them on the South Lawn.
Like the failed Immigration Amnesty Bill, in his Administration’s Title IX orthodoxy, Bush has dissed a key GOP constituency (men) to please a group who will never vote–or play–for his team. Said Bush:
We’re a [sic] big believer [sic] in Title IX programs. We think it’s good for America that our women are playing sports. The best way to convince women to play sports is to start early.
So these champs are here to encourage these young girls to play hard, play often and play good, and one day you may be national champs as well. . . .
One reason that we invited the Wildcats to come to honor these girls softball teams is because it’s in the nation’s interest to promote women athletics.
But is it really in the nation’s interest to encourage girls and young women to “play hard, play often” in sports no-one cares about–not even them–and emulate men but not be able to beat them in the only important arena: the marketplace?
Not exactly. As we approach the Fourth of July, Newsweek reports that America is no longer number one or even close to being successful in most sports. In the international scene, U.S. victories are scarce. And it’s not just in the Olympics that America’s getting it’s clock cleaned.
No more patriotic victories with important symbolism–like the 1980 U.S.A. hockey victory over the Soviet Union in the Winter Olympic semifinals. Those are now a thing of the past. Japan won Olympic Gold and other world championships in even America’s national pasttime, baseball. We’ve repeatedly lost the Davis Cup, the Ryder Cups, and even “the America’s Cup.” Ditto for sprinting, basketball, and boxing–all dominated by foreign aliens.
But the left-leaning news magazine won’t dare say why: Title IX and its elimination of most men’s sports from schools is mostly to blame. But don’t worry, Newsweek says, in an article titled “True or False?: American Athletes Rule (False).” After all, U.S. women’s teams are thriving. It figures that Newsweek would identify Title IX as “one bright spot,” instead of what it really is: the black hole that causes the problem.
And here’s why the feminists–other than George Bush–aren’t celebrating. What do they have to show for their precious Title IX? Check out the score-card:
* In the 11th straight money-hemorrhaging season of NBA propping, the WNBA can’t attract an audience. It consistently has lower ratings than the XFL, a football league that was cancelled mid-way through its first season. Attendance is so bad that the women’s “pro” basketball league has resorted to “Doggy VIP Days.” Any bodies–even canine ones–in the seats are better than none.
* While men clamor for spots in college sports–even as walk-ons without scholarships–coaches are still desperate to find even mediocre female athletes for full-rides to college, reports the Wall Street Journal:
At just 5-foot-3 and with only average speed in the pool, Julia Bridgford isn’t exactly a college swim-coach’s dream. But in the last three weeks, the high-school senior from DeWitt, Mich., has been the subject of intense interest from over 30 teams. She says she’s weighing offers from multiple schools willing to pay her as much as $25,000 a year to compete.
“I didn’t think there was a chance,” Ms. Bridgford, 18, says of swimming in college. “Apparently I was wrong.”
This month marks the 35th anniversary of Title IX, the law that effectively bans sex discrimination in college athletics, and as a result, schools have added thousands of new women’s teams, coaches and facilities. But many colleges say they are still wrestling with a problem: getting enough athletes to fill the mandated roster spots.
That is forcing a debate about why spots on women’s teams are going begging. Some people say there just isn’t enough demand to meet the supply of roster spots. . . .
Many of the schools now vying for Ms. Bridgford, the Michigan swimmer, never got a look at her before making an offer.
* NCAA women’s teams are so unskilled at women’s sports that they use male practice players to prepare for games. Feminists on the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics claim it curtails women’s opportunities–opportunities to suck at sports. But the coaches know better. They know their female players are boring and substandard. The only way to try to improve that is with the best players to compete against: men. Male practice players “have helped our sport grow tremendously,” said NCAA champion women’s hoops coach Pat Summitt of Tennessee.
* In Michigan, silly Title IX litigation has now resulted in state mandates that girls and boys play the same high school sports in the same season at the same facilities. That may be “equality,” but what it really is, is a scheduling nightmare that causes over-used, muddy fields and a host of other problems. All in the name of fairness.
Well, no wonder the sports feminist activists of America aren’t celebrating.
They may have gained court-imposed defeats of men. But they’ll never get respect on the field.
Unless it’s as a distraction for a failed President on the South Lawn in the waning days of his tenure.
As with his Administrationa Non Grata, women’s sports–Title IX or not–are the equivalent of starving artists’ watercolor fruit bowls hanging in cheap motels.
No one cares.
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