The study, authored by Dr. John Cheslock of the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education, acknowledges that a few men’s sports like wrestling and men's tennis have suffered substantial declines. But the overall number of male athletes has increased in that same time period, due to substantial gains in other sports like football, baseball, and lacrosse.
These figures should help dispel the myth that Title IX hurts men. Contrary to the image perpetuated by Title IX opponents that Title IX forces schools to redistribute limited opportunities away from men to give to women, the numbers show that schools have been adding opportunities more than they have been taking away, and that the beneficiaries of such additions continue to be men. As for the claims of particular downsized men's sports, they are on the losing side of a preference shift within men's sports, which is an unfortunate position, but one that has nothing to do with Title IX. According to the New York Times, Billie Jean King, WSF's founder, explained it to the press this way:
People ask, "What happened to my wrestling or tennis teams?" Well, things have shifted. We keep reading that men’s sports teams are being taken away. The fact is, women remain the underrepresented sex in athletics.Another interesting feature of WSF's new study is that you can look up individual institutions to see how the WSF grades them on gender equity in athletics. Western New England College, this blogger's institution, received a B+. My alma mater, University of New Hampshire, got an A-.