Sunday, July 25, 2010

Title IX Case: Cheerleading Is Not A Sport

After all this time, universities are still trying to squirm out of giving women's sports a fair share of the funds. Relegating women to cheap alternatives like cheerleading (and knitting) is just another way to continue the sexist tradition of giving the bulk of the money to men's sports:

A judge in Connecticut has ruled cheerleading is not a sport -- and universities therefore cannot direct money to the activity to meet federal gender-equality regulations. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled Wednesday that Quinnipiac University violated the law when it pulled funding from its women's volleyball team to support a competitive cheerleading squad.

"I conclude as a matter of law that Quinnipiac University discriminated on the basis of sex during the 2009-10 academic years by failing to provide equal athletic participation opportunities for women," Underhill wrote in his ruling.