Magical Thinking Watch: Endless Female Victimhood
You might have thought that as research accumulates on the biological aspect of human conduct, radical feminists would have lightened up a bit on their charge of widespread institutionalized sexism, especially since they have dominated the institutions that they finger as major sexist offenders for decades now. Today’s front-page article in the New York Times claiming discrimination against girl athletes in college depressingly shows the opposite. The evidence provided for ongoing violations of Title IX is even more tendentious than usual: astoundingly, the fact that schools are virtually kidnapping girls to get them to participate on sports teams is presented as proof of discrimination against females, rather than as discrimination in their favor.
The schools can’t find enough girls interested in sports to create a proportional number of female athletes, and so instead, writes the Times in outrage:
many [colleges] are padding women’s team rosters with underqualified, even unwitting, athletes. They are counting male practice players as women. And they are trimming the rosters of men’s teams.
How does this demonstrate discrimination? The Times provides not one example of a school stiffing eager female athletes. And of course, college bureaucracies are now almost as female-heavy as the participants in Orgasm Night at the Womyn’s Center. Yet the Times presumes some phantom source of sexism that never needs to be located but that explains why “women make up 53 percent of the student body at Division I institutions yet only 46 percent of all athletes.” I’m actually surprised that the ratios are that close.
It is long past clear: Title IX is by now nothing other than a powerful weapon in the male-hater’s tool chest. This vapid article kicks off an entire Times series on Title IX; presumably they’re leading with their strongest suit. Gird yourselves for further demonstration of the desperate intellectual condition of contemporary feminism.