The new salvo in the gender equity wars has been fired with the question of whether women should be required to register for the military draft.
If women, the question goes, can serve in combat roles in the Marines and Army, why shouldn't they be required to register for the military draft as men now are required to do?
It may come as a surprise, but according to the Selective Service System:
Selective Service law as it's written now refers specifically to "male persons" in stating who must register and who would be drafted. For women to be required to register with Selective Service, Congress would have to amend the law.
This has been a long simmer question, conveniently ignored by gender equity warriors. But now, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said if that women must be included in all combat units, then women also should register for the draft. Although there is no draft and it is more of a symbolic issue, what would happen in the case of a national emergency if the draft is re-instituted. It's a fair question.
Two lawmakers intend to force the issue to be debated publicly by introducing a bill requiring women to register for the draft. Reps. Duncan Hunter (R- California) and Ryan Zinke (R- Montana) want women between the ages of 18 and 26 to register either 90 days after the enactment of the legislation or 90 days after the defense secretary certifies to Congress that all combat specialties are open to women.
Conservatives, of course, have jumped all over this renewed debate because integration of all combat units is not something that agenda feminists and gender equality warriors have strongly advocated. If they have, it has been in a closet somewhere.
Take Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who couldn't be pinned down when asked directly if women should register. It in a typically mealy-mouthed response, she said, “The idea of having everybody register concerns me a little bit unless we have a better idea of where that’s going to come out.”
Right. But it's a logical extension of the argument that women and men are equal in most or all things. And it would be something that should please people who say that differences between men and women are on a continuum, meaning that there are no real differences that matter.
We might be hearing from them soon, because in this age of accelerated social change, women draft registration might become as acceptable as gay marriage. Reported the New York Post:
A majority of Americans appear ready for women to take on a greater military role.
A 2013 Quinnipiac University poll showed Americans strongly oppose the draft, 65 percent to 28 percent. But if there had to be conscription, both genders were for equal draft registration mandates — although less so for female respondents.
Men said women should be drafted by a 59-36 margin while women were OK with females in the draft at a 48-45 clip.
I don't think that women should be forced to sign up for the draft or be cleared to fight in all combat units. Let's assume that the draft is re-instated in a hot war. Then all women would be equally forced to serve in front line units, just as men were when they were drafted.
So... What about the right of all women to have control over their bodies? Should agenda feminists give up this assertion--the one deployed in the claim that women have the unfettered right to abort their babies up to and including birth? Or should they argue that making women fight in combat is an appropriate exception. Then what of the fairness of forcing only men into battle?
The argument is just getting started, if you ask me.
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