In one of my sociology courses we watched a short film on girl wrestlers.
Okay, bear with me here. I'm sure if you've read my posts on feminism in the past, you'll see why I immediately thought of Buffy (okay, maybe you won't because I sometimes make strange, hard to follow connections, but hey, it resonated with me).
This quite awesome girl really wanted to wrestle...so she did. She's in junior high, but there's a severe shortage of other girls for her to wrestle. Fortunately, Title IX allows her at this point to wrestle boys in competition. She does, she wins awards, she kicks some ass, she loses sometimes, she goes to tournaments, she loves the sport, etc etc.
But there's problems looming on the horizon because high school girls are not allowed to wrestle boys.
She's at a tournament and gets to meet a pro wrestler (not the crazy soap opera wrestling on TV, but real wrestling) who's her idol. She asks if he's ever wrestled a girl, and he says he has when he was 10, but he doesn't think girls should wrestle boys when they're teenagers. She's absolutely crushed by what her idol's telling her.
The refs display substantial bias against the girls in competitions. Parents, other wrestlers, coaches, etc say that wrestling is "too brutal" for girls or that in high school it becomes "too sexual" for girls to participate in.
She gets to go to the national's competition in CA, and meets a few other girl wrestlers who are coming up against the same problems: there aren't enough girls to wrestle, so they wrestle boys. But when they reach a certain age, they won't be allowed to anymore.
The girl finally gets to high school and joins the team...and spends a couple years watching on the sidelines. She can't wrestle. There's no other girls for her to wrestle. So she eventually drops out of the sport she loves and is passionate about.
In the meantime, the wrestling organizations are screaming about Title IX because it supposedly cuts men's programs (I don't know the history on this in wrestling, to be honest...just reporting what the film said). In 2002-ish, they actually legally challenge Title IX for discrimination against guys.
While this girl was sitting on the bench becoming disillusioned with the sport that boys were allowed to play but she wasn't, they had the audacity to cry discrimination against guys.
Just a girl, indeed.