05/09/2016 Jonathan Taylor

Major announcement

The name of this website will soon change to Title IX For All, and the new URL will be www.titleixforall.com. This is more than just a name change; it is a reboot of this platform with a refined focus. It is the final transformative stage of this website; a time when it will finally “come into its own.” This post is to give you some of the highlights and reasons why.

I am currently designing the new website from scratch, although some elements will be very familiar. The new design will ensure a more user-friendly navigation and present resources in a more relevant hierarchy at half the loading speed. Upon launch the majority of old blog content will be wiped clean, with a scheduled re-introduction of selected content.

Professional tools will be placed front-and-center, and content that has not served the goal of assisting professionals (as verified by 2.5 years of analytics) will be repurposed to fit the refined model or pruned. All old links will redirect to the new domain, although direct links to the offsite databases will remain unchanged at present.

A stricter focus on professionals

Title IX is the overarching federal law on gender equity issues that professionals either abide by or seek to amend. By professionals I mean attorneys, educators, school administrators, education journalists, government representatives, and select advocates. These are the people who are best positioned to make change, and assisting them is where this platform can best meet its potential.

A clarified values-centered approach

The name change reflects an understanding that much of the world wants a refreshingly values-centered approach, rather than a name that evokes a “boys vs girls” kind of conflict. This feeling of unnecessary divisiveness is also why people shy away from the term “feminism,” even if they empathize with their issues. We will follow the example of organizations like The Canadian Association for Equality in that we will continue to focus on the needs of men and boys, but under a gender-neutral name. Title IX is an instant signal that this website focuses on gender equity in education.

A clarified focus on the U.S. education system

There is nothing to prevent us from continuing to reference the good work being done in Canada, the UK, or Australia, and using it as a “teachable moment.” That being said, our efforts have always been centered on the United States, even if we have occasionally featured content about other countries. It is the system the majority of our staff and contributors know best, and what we have the most training in. Arguably, it is also where help in our area of advocacy is most needed, as countries like the UK and Australia are noticeably ahead of tackling the issues.

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As with all things, the proof is in the pudding. I’m excited about this change, and can’t wait to show it to you.

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Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan is Title IX For All's founder, editor, web designer, and database developer. Hailing from Texas, he makes a mean red beans n' rice and is always interested to learn new things.
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Jonathan Taylor Jonathan is Title IX For All's founder, editor, web designer, and database developer. Hailing from Texas, he makes a mean red beans n' rice and is always interested to learn new things.