The Biden administration is poised to redefine the definition of sex in Title IX, a law that has safeguarded students from sex discrimination and harassment for five decades. However, recent events in a Wisconsin public school locker room have raised serious concerns about the potential consequences of these changes, especially for girls.
As the final rule looms, it is imperative to critically assess the impact and take necessary measures to protect the well-being of all students.
In June 2022, President Biden’s Department of Education unveiled its plan to significantly expand the scope of Title IX. While the existing rule already offers protections against sex discrimination and harassment, the proposed changes would additionally prohibit “gender identity” discrimination.
The ramifications of these changes remain uncertain, but their implementation in public schools is imminent.
The Biden administration has also introduced rules pertaining to athletics, further complicating the landscape of Title IX. These rules would prevent districts from enacting policies that categorically exclude transgender students from participating in sports teams aligned with their gender identity.
A disturbing incident in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers inherent in the proposed Title IX reforms. Following a swim class, four freshman girls were in the women’s locker room rinsing off while still wearing their swimsuits when an adult male student entered. Shockingly, he proceeded to undress, expose himself, and shower alongside the girls, nonchalantly proclaiming his transgender status.
Equally alarming is the response, or lack thereof, from district administrators. Despite one of the girls reporting the incident to student services and the assistant principal, no support was extended, no further information was gathered, and no avenue to file a complaint was provided.
When the parents finally learned of the incident and contacted the school, they were met with assurances but no concrete action. It took a month to secure an in-person meeting.
Regrettably, this Sun Prairie incident is not an isolated occurrence. Similar incidents have been reported nationwide, with many likely going unreported. In Vermont, a father and daughter filed a lawsuit after the district punished the daughter for speaking out against the presence of a biological male in the female locker room. In suburban Chicago, 51 families sued a school for a policy that allowed a biological male to change in the girls’ locker room.
Title IX was established to protect girls and women from sexual harassment and ensure their safety within educational settings. However, the proposed changes by the Biden administration risk turning this noble intent on its head.
This fight is not about denying rights to transgender individuals, as some may argue. It is about preserving the hard-fought rights and protections secured by women and girls. The proposed changes and the policies implemented in various schools endanger the entire female student population.
The Biden administration still has an opportunity to rectify this situation and demonstrate its commitment to protecting women. Let us urge our leaders to prioritize the safety and well-being of our daughters. Title IX must not be compromised, and women’s rights must not be undermined.
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