Re: what constituted discrimination? -Reply

Linda Purrington (
Thu, 12 Mar 1998 20:23:25 -0800

Again, I respectfully disagree. If biased textbooks and classroom
teaching lead to the development of a hostile environment for girls,
then clearly that aggregates as a hostile environment; as
discrimination. And I feel strongly that so little has been done with
Title IX that the case law we have in hand is not a very good guide to
what the courts might say if we only had the courage and audacity to
pose the challenge, the meanwhile rousing up the community. It is so
good to have the Lesemanns in on this--personally, I think it would be
nice to launch a class action suit on behalf of all the girls of the
United States for the male-oriented schooling our daughters are
subjected to. Let's. Linda, Title IX Advocates <>


Equitymk wrote:
> REgarding textbooks: Title IX regulations specifically exclude any discussion
> about them. The reason behind it was to avoid any accusation of censorship,
> as I recall the Dept of Ed (then Office fo Education) reasoning behind that
> clause. Sex equity professionals from the beginning, however, have encouraged
> educators to review texts for bias and either supplement existing texts, or
> use bias as one criterion when choosing texts to begin with. So
> specifically, one cannot use biased textbooks as a reason to file a Title IX
> complaint, in my opinion. MKeyes <>

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