Dave Zirin at The Nation analyzes why Title IX—which mandates corresponding female teams for all male high school sports teams—may now actually be perpetuating inequality:
Why do we still segregate so much of youth sports based on gender? Does the practice of doing so actually stunt female athletic potential? Would ending gender segregation foster a higher level of athletic excellence? The early women’s rights activists certainly thought so. As Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote in a women’s issues magazine, The Lily, “We cannot say what the woman might be physically, if the girl were allowed all the freedom of the boy, in romping, swimming, climbing, playing ball.”
I believe this is a multi-faceted issue, with pros and cons on both sides, but I also generally believe that the prinicple of equality should win, and this seems like no exception.