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Getting in the GameTitle IX and the Women's Sports Revolution$
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Deborah L. Brake

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814799659

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814799659.001.0001

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(p.217) Conclusion

(p.217) Conclusion

(p.217) Conclusion
Getting in the Game

Deborah L. Brake

NYU Press

This concluding chapter examines how Title IX has been able to navigate and survive the backlash against it. It shows how women's influx into sports has created prime conditions for backlash by challenging the masculinity that sports participation for males has historically cultivated. It also considers the scapegoating of Title IX as the reason why some marginalized men's sports have been cut from university rosters; Title IX's successes and limitations as a law of many feminisms; and Title IX's departure from the liberal feminist model that has been the centerpiece of other sex discrimination laws, as seen in its three-part test for equal participation opportunities. Finally, the chapter looks at prospects for further progress in the future regarding women's sports and gender equality more generally.

Keywords:   backlash, scapegoating, Title IX, men's sports, feminism, sex discrimination, three-part test, equal participation opportunities, women's sports, gender equality

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