Thursday, June 28, 2012

When Culture Outweighs Law 

Here is an example of culture confounding law enforcement -- Title IX and women's athletics.  The hard truth is that a few athletic programs in universities get attention and funding and others don't.  Football followed by basketball are the main focus, and they are predominantly male.  Women's sports programs are not as well funded even after 40 years of anti-sex discrimination becoming national law.  Administrators are not going to touch a culture that glorifies football and basketball because a good deal of alumni contributions come from it.  What would happen if the Federal government moved against schools with the largest football programs?  There would be a firestorm of protest.  So, as long as universities nod in the direction of equality, it appears everyone has proclaimed satisfaction.  Culture impedes progress time and again.


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