What is My Body For? How Title IX Change My Life and Other Dramatic Statements

Last week was the fortieth anniversary of Title IX. All of you ladies with pictures of yourselves at age 5 in dress-length jerseys picking your nose out on a soccer field or softball diamond know what I’m talking about.

Parents think sports are important because they foster teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication yada yada yada. And they are, of course. But for girls, there’s the added and essential benefit of formalizing the idea that your body is awesome because it can do things, instead of just awesome for looking nice to other people. This is the subject of the Title IX appreciation essay I wrote this week for The Good Men Project:

Also, if you haven’t seen this outstanding Nike ad with Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi and some adorable and badass little girls, watch it right now.

Related Post: I will not be joining your gym.

Related Post: Don’t take my picture! Come on, you’re at the beach!

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8 responses to “What is My Body For? How Title IX Change My Life and Other Dramatic Statements

  1. Emily, you are amazing! I LOVE this post. I am co-founder of Beauty Redefined, (BeautyRedefined.net), a media literacy and body image activism campaign I run with my twin sister. We are Ph.D. candidates and publish reader-friendly versions of our research at our website. I see this post has been cross-posted, and I’m hoping to do the same at our website. We’d obviously link back to you and give you full credit. It’d be amazing for our thousands of followers to hear. Your message is perfectly in line with what we discuss at our site and our speaking engagements, as well as our billboard campaign with the slogan “You are capable of much more than being looked at.” Thank you again for writing this. We’d love to help you spread it even further.

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