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.
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