It’s out there and it NEEDS to be addressed.
I am a wrestler, I am a girl, and I’ve experienced it.
This is a notion that all too many of us female wrestlers can probably relate to. We shouldn’t. It comes in so many different forms, at different times and with different executioners. Wrestling is a very physical, hands on sport and WE need to be informed of when lines are being crossed, what to do when it happens and how to proceed after it happens.
Title IX – “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.”
Chances are, if it feels wrong, it probably is. . . and you have the RIGHT to take a stand.
If you are being denied a spot on the boys team because you are a girl, Title IX. If you are being singled out and mistreated because you are a girl, Title IX. If you aren’t allowed to travel with the team because you are a girl, Title IX. Harassment by teammates, because you are a girl, Title IX. Derogatory or sexist remarks because you are a girl, Title IX.
The bottom line is you are a wrestler, you are a girl, you belong on the mat.
Check out these resources who have experience dealing with Title IX issues: