Thursday, October 11, 2007

Football, tradition, and Title IX enforcement

Director of the California Women's Law Center, Vicki Barker, has written an editorial about the special privileges high school football teams/players receive. It does not seem to be addressing a specific situation though I think it is a good companion piece to consider in light of the situation in Pennsylvania.

Barker challenges the typical "but it's tradition" rationale and notes that Title IX enforcement will be hard to come by if this special treatment continues. These privileges also reinforce societal beliefs in the importance of football which simultaneously devalues girls' sports and even some other boys' sports.

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