Biden’s Department of Education under education secretary Miguel Cardona has released a proposal for changes to Title IX which includes erasing biological sex from issues of sex discrimination. The proposal would conflate protections for biological sex with gender identity, and see no differentiation between the two.
Title IX, enacted 50 years ago in 1972, was intended to curb sex-based discrimination against women at universities. Fast forward to today’s 50-year anniversary of Title IX and the once-progressive rule has over-corrected into regressive territory. Women face the greatest inequity risk from the 700-page proposal which would essentially make it a Title IX violation for schools to prohibit biological males from receiving women’s scholarships, participating in women’s activities, and other educational benefits programs. The Department of Education’s proposal “would make clear that preventing someone from participating in school programs and activities consistent with their gender identity would cause harm in violation of Title IX.” U.S. Department of Education’s 2022 Proposed Amendments to its Title IX Regulations The proposal attempts to establish that barring biological men from female-only activities would cause actual harm, laying the groundwork for punitive actions. The Department of Education clarifies that “engaging in a practice that prevents a person from participating in an education program or activity consistent with their gender identity subjects a person to more than de minimis harm on the basis of sex.”
Violations of Title IX can result in loss of funding for universities and loss of scholarships, revocation of an earned degree, or expulsion for students.
Ironically, a large issue Title IX originally sought to remedy was women’s inequity in college athletics. The History Channel reports that “Before Title IX, few opportunities existed for female athletes” and “was designed to correct those imbalances.”
Senator Josh Hawley tweeted about the erasure of gender from the dense proposal saying, “Amazing. […]
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