Opinion editor Andrea Hopkins responds,
She then goes on to detail the rise in women's participation in athletics in the Title IX era, recognizing that it's still an unlevel playing field. She continues,
Who knows what prompted Lowry to show his true misogynistic colors to the world? Perhaps it scored him some points among his buddies as they gather to watch baseball or football from their recliners and relive the glory days of their youth.
Female athletes do not need his assent; our numbers are strong and growing.
Yet, Lowry’s ilk would dismiss the whole concept of women in sports. Worse, he’d banish them from the sports section – leaving a younger generation of girls without appropriate role models of health and physical activity. Thank God, he isn’t in charge.
It would be tempting to dismiss his letter as the writings of one cranky local resident, but there’s a growing movement to undo the very laws that helped women get a foot in the gym door.
She then goes on to decry the efforts of Title IX "reformers" who seem to capitalize on the popular mythology that Title IX is hurting men's sports. Hopkins addresses this argument head on, pointing out that men's sport overall are doing just fine, and that those particular sports that have seen a decline in numbers are victims to our cultural preferences for football over other sports.