Kathryn Lopez

In one of her answers, Foster says, "Abortion after rape is misdirected anger. It doesn't punish the perpetrator of the crime, or prevent further assaults against other women." She tells the stories of real women who are alive because their brave mothers let them be born, despite the horrendous way they were conceived. Like I said, tough stuff. But real life.

Feminism isn't just jumping the shark on abortion, though. At the same time "Ms." was trying to reclaim relevance - in about the most perverse way they possibly could - students at James Madison University were pushing back against Title IX, an amendment added to an education bill in Congress in 1972.

The law was patterned on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, intended to keep discrimination out of education. Good goals. In subsequent years, however, it devolved into federally mandated quotas in high school and college sports.

Schools, fearful of lawsuits, have complied, being extra cautious, knowing that killing men's wrestling teams is a favorite sport of feminist lawyers. Politicians have largely curtsied in obedience to the feminist police. But maybe not anymore.

Earlier this fall, James Madison announced it was cutting seven men's teams, as well as three women's teams. The cuts would mean no teams for more than 140 students and 11 coaches. It was a response to federal "proportionality" guidelines: If a school's student population is 60 percent women and 40 percent men, the sports programs have to reflect that breakdown exactly -- even if 60 percent of the female students don't want to play sports.

In light of protests there, Title IX reformists have gotten unprecedented attention. Jessica Gavora of the College Sports Council calls the developments "amazing." "A story line is forming in the media around James Madison University's decision to cut ten teams to comply with Title IX and for the first time it's this: That a perverted interpretation of the law -- not football, not sexist university administrators, but the law -- has resulted in a great injustice."

In short -- on issues that have long been monopolized by liberal feminists, mainstream culture may finally be graduating to good sense and reason. No cover antics will save Ms. and the sisterhood now.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.