As predicted at the the Independent Women's Forum (catch up here), some in the media just can't get through the Sochi Games without touting Title IX as the reason for success in athletics for females.
They slapped together a handful of facts, left out a bazillion of 'em, then threw in a bucket of opinions to come up with this joke of an article.
But despite continued Olympic achievement for the United States' women's teams in this year's Winter Olympics, Title IX has received little attention from media this time around.
A Media Matters review of current Olympic coverage from three major print outlets -- The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal -- revealed no substantive mentions of Title IX as it relates to current or former American Olympians since the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games on February 7. A further review of transcripts from broadcast evening -- ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS -- and cable evening and primetime -- CNN, Fox News, MSNBC -- news coverage of the 2014 Olympics shows a similar lack of coverage concerning Title IX's role in encouraging and supporting American female athletes.
For the latest on the new complaint, read more here.
In an e-mail Thursday, men's gymnastics coach Fred Turoff said, "We already share space with our women's team, and it hasn't kept us from success."
Theobald said the issue with men's gymnastics is more about scholarships, but he added that simply doing away with men's scholarships wasn't the solution.
"That's not what we're looking to do as far as an experience for our kids - to use the very limited resources so they can have academic support and facilities and allow you to have a first-class program across the board," he said.
...uh oh...my b.s. detector is starting to go off...
If you guessed "Not a whole heck of a lot," you are correct!
Still, you can bet the clueless ding-dongs promoting their quota system will claim it had everything to do with women in the winter Olympics.
Read Determination, Not Title IX, Brought Women to the Olympicshere.
Certainly it's exciting that so many women are competing and succeeding in
athletics, but it’s time to move away from presenting women’s success as a
result of good policy. What’s more we need to stop viewing men’s and women’s
levels in athletics as a kind of scoreboard, in which women will only “win the
gold” when they outnumber men.