I Hate Everything
Written by KWUStudentMedia on October 21, 2018
What’s up everyone, it’s me… Kylie back at it again with I Hate Everything. It’s been a couple of weeks since the last article of I Hate Everything, so it was kind of hard to pick something that I hate more than the rest… until I started thinking about Title Nine.
Let me just sum up what Title Nine is in a quote.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
You know what I hate about that? The fact that even though this is what Title Nine is supposed to represent, female athletes still don’t get treated with that same attention.
For a long time, females weren’t even encouraged to play sports and now that we are, has that mentality of not being seen as an equal athlete even changed? The government gives each school three options to show fairness for females as compared to males.
The first test is proportionality which is talking about whether or not females should receive the same percentage of athletic opportunities as the percentage of females in the student body. This means that if there are 48% females in the student body that 48% of the student body representing females should feel entitled to play a sport if they so choose to.
The second test is progress and that requires schools to make up for the days when females had fewer opportunities by adding new sports for girls on a consistent basis. For example, if KWU had a mens wrestling team, and enough girls wanted to wrestle, they would be obligated to create a women’s wrestling team as well.
The last test has to do with how satisfied and interested females are in the sport they are playing. During this test, a school must regularly ask female students what sports they are interested in and also take into consideration the popularity of certain sports in the area where the school is located. Then they add teams based on what the girls interests are (Erin Buzuvis- Equality, Sports, & Title IX).
Title nine doesn’t just look at how many athletic opportunities are available to each gender, but whether those opportunities are of equal quality. This is talking about equipment and supplies, publicity, games and practice times, the quality and number of coaches, and equal access to locker rooms and sports facilities.
But, just because that is how Title Nine is supposed to work, doesn’t mean that it always does. So my question for KWU and my challenge for KWU female athletes is this… Do you see equality in sports teams when it comes to funding, equipment, training, facilities, etc? And is this even just about sports? Because I know what I see, and I think that KWU has some things to work on. What about you? Feel free to reach out to us. But… leave the hate to me and find out what I hate next time on the next issue of, I Hate Everything.