Essay Title IX

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Why was/is there resistant to Title IX? Who did it come from?

Title IX had, “more impact on women’s opportunities in education as well as women’s place in sport than anything else in history” (Lecture 8, p.1). As with anything that makes a significant impact on society, there also comes some form of resistance. In regards to Title IX, the most resistance came from men. This movement had “men reluctant to change the status quo (meaning: the way things are). The status quo was and is that men dominate and have access to opportunities and resources without question. Women’s coming into sport was and is a dramatic shift in this status quo” (Lecture 8, p.7). Men were just not ready to give up (or share) the power they had in regards to not only sport, but education (which lead to careers) as well. Still today, the ‘status quo’ puts the favor in the male corner. Another big part of resistance to Title IX wasn’t necessarily a specific group of people, but formed from the idea that “because girls/women were gaining access into sport challenged our gender ideologies” (Lecture 8, p. 7), was felt by many across society. “Societal resistance to changing these ideologies, especially when the current ideologies tended to benefit men over women, is still very strong” (Lecture 8, p.7). It seems that although Title IX was established in the seventies, men’s sports are still more empowered than women’s.

It seems that although Title IX was established in the seventies, men’s sports are still more empowered than women’s....this is a bit of the question, WHY has it taken so long? What do men see themselves as losing, beside sporting opportunities?

I believe the social ‘gender norms’ are why it has taken so long for Title IX to be fully established. Society has been ‘trained’ to see things thru a man’s eye;…