Phyllis Schlafly

Walk-on athletes, who are not recruited or financed by the college, should be removed from gender comparisons, because they reflect the fact that men are far more interested in sports. Older women, who increasingly attend college but are beyond their athletically competitive years, should also be excluded.

At the very least, the Bush administration should have called for comparing the gender ratio of those who make the teams against those who tried out. If a higher percentage of women make the teams than men do, which is usually the case, then the college is probably not discriminating.

Last year, Education Secretary Rod Paige appointed a panel to study the effect of Title IX on college sports. But after feminists went on a media attack against reform, the Bush administration retreated in fear.

Paige quelled the commotion by announcing he would consider only proposals that received unanimous commission support. That guaranteed perpetuation of the status quo.

Men on sports teams act like men, and feminists are hostile to male culture. College football produces social conservatives such as former U.S. Sen. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., former Reps. Steve Largent, R-Wash., and J.C. Watts, R-Okla., and the late Supreme Court Justice Byron "Whizzer" White.

College wrestling brought us conservative stalwarts Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. Track and field yielded Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., who won the silver medal in the 1,500-meter run at the 1968 Olympics and is considered one of the greatest U.S. milers of all time.

While football players are known to date cheerleaders, women collegiate athletes are not known to chase quarterbacks. The radical feminists' hostility toward men is manifested in the abolition of sports in which men excel, such as wrestling.

Young women are ultimately hurt by this irrational feminist agenda. Girls are unwittingly pushed into higher risks of injury and hormonal-changing drugs.

Studies show that female competitors have a higher incidence of knee and head injuries compared to men. Torn anterior cruciate ligaments are crippling women athletes at an alarming rate, and last year decimated even the well-trained women's professional soccer league.

A 1999 study found that girls softball had twice the rate of serious head injuries as boys baseball. Last fall, the only girl in a junior football league in Chicago collapsed and died from a blood clot in the brain, apparently caused by a routine tackle days earlier.

It is unjust to limit the number of men in intercollegiate sports to the relative number of women in college. Discrimination should be based on opportunity rather than on equal results.

Just imagine what would happen if our military refused to enlist men unless an equal number of women enlisted.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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