Title Ix Tactics

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“Time’s Up for Title IX Sports” is an excerpt from Jessica Gavora’s book entitled Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex, and Title IX. Gavora argues that instead of evening the play field for girls in athletics, Title IX is eliminating opportunities for men. Gavora’s argument is effective because of her intuitive appeals. She is also successful in using the opposition’s data against them.

The first part of a successful argument is to inform the audience about the issue. Gavora directly quotes Title IX, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” (Gavora 682). Gavora goes on to explain her views on the subject: “But as applied to organized sports, Title IX has been interpreted and twisted and bent outside the institutions of our electoral democracy, conforming at last to the shape of unintended consequences: A law designed to end discrimination against women is now causing discrimination against men” (Gavora 682). In a single paragraph, Gavora has wholly informed the audience about the issue and her standpoint.

A study by NBC News/Wall Street Journal is presented showing widespread approval of Title IX. Gavora argues that the information provided is accurate within its context. She believes that a few crucial details are intentionally left out. This information is used later to reveal what she calls “the truth about Title IX” (Gavora 683). Gavora uses a shock technique to keep the audience by explaining the current conditions of gender equality. She claims that women have far more sports and scholarship money available to them. This is her reasoning for her theory that gender equality is not a race for resources. If that were the case the feminist groups would have already claimed victory. At this point in the piece, Gavora has successfully...
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