Lileks devoted his Aprill 22 National Review column to dodgeball.
It seems that some blighter of a school district has banned dodgeball because it legitimates violence and complicates the intertextuality of unibeing, or some such.
Should a parent want to bring back dodgeball, it won’t be hard. Start a private league and make it boys-only. Anything that smacks of gender distinction will rile up some other parents, who’ll believe their daughter is deprived of an opportunity. A local TV station will do a story on her Struggle to enter the boys-club world of dodgeball, how she wants to break down the barriers that have kept young lasses from getting beaned on the brainpan throughout history. The government will get involved because the club meets in a building served by a public road, and uses air that has been purified by EPA standards, and hence receives federal benefits. So Title IX or XCML or whichever comes into play.
When she’s admitted, the newspaper will quote one of the young Neanderthals about his reluctance to hit a girl, and interview the coach about the difficulties of squaring the nature of dodgeball with the Message of Respect, but it’s all about equality, and frankly she’s got a helluva arm! Then the boys will have to go out and throw the ball as hard as they can at the girl, because it would be disrespectful to pull their punches
Eventually the boys all drop out and it’s an all-girls league. Then dodgeball is the greatest thing ever.