Title IX was passed by Congress in 1972 and guarantees that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. I remember extensively learning about Title IX in my sociology of sex & gender class freshman year. I really hadn’t heard about Title IX before last year… which is pretty messed up. I feel that both girls and boys should learn about Title IX and their rights before entering college. High schoolers, and even middle schoolers, should know that they can’t be discriminated against by sex when sports, education, clubs, etc. are involved. There have been way too many cases brought to the courts having to do with violations of Title IX. We mainly focus on the athletic aspect of Title IX, but a huge percent of the cases brought to the public have actually involved sexual assault cases.
In the article “Why Naked Pictures Aren’t Harmless”, examples of vulgar frats portraying women as objects and exploiting them on posters and social media as sex toys and trophies. Colleges have been forced to speak up and address these fraternities; they can no longer get away with hiding them from the public. Victims of rape and assaults have come forward and exposed the disgusting nature of these “frat gods” that rule the majority of college party scenes. The problem is that when girls come forward and try to label a colleges “star athlete” or “class/frat president” as a rapist, the school blames the girl. She is in no way given the same rights as a male does in these situations. Sometimes she is banned from campus or told to “take a year off until her rapist graduates” so she feels safer on campus. A woman should not have to feel unsafe on her own campus.
As prestigious a school Yale is, they have boys holding posters that read “We love Yale sluts!”. Rape games and “rape factories” are getting out of hand. The language being used today to talk about women and their bodies needs to be stopped. How can women gain respect from men when social media allows this slut shaming and accounts like “MSU boobs” to exist on twitter? I think that kids need to be taught at a much younger age that this behavior is NOT okay. We should be encouraging both teachers and parents to teach boys and girls about respect for both your peers and for yourself. I think that MSU’s required SARV program is an awesome start to educating those already in college about these issues as well. I think we’re definitely going in the right direction to put a stop to these issues, but we definitely have a long way to go.