Jodie Foster once said, “Ninety-five percent of women’s experiences are about being a victim. Or about an underdog, or having to survive…women didn’t go to Vietnam and blow things up.” Perhaps that is because women are not only not required to register for Selective Service, but they are also not allowed to register. Selective Service is a very hypocritical institution that treats male citizens of the United States of America unfairly. If women are supposed to be equal, reform in Selective Service registration must happen to ensure that women have the rights and responsibilities that are equal to that of a man’s.
For more than 100 years women have advocated having equal rights of men. In the year 1919, women received the Constitutional right to vote. As time continued, they became protected by affirmative action. Today, women make up 52% of the American population and are still treated as a minority. Is this fair? Is it equality? This is just one of the many hypocrisies dealing with women’s rights.
Selective Service is the anti-thesis of what women worked for in the feminist movement. The feminist moment is centered on the inequalities of women and a goal to right them. I believe in this movement, and I support it! Women should be completely equal to men, and should therefore be required to do what men are required to do. Until women are required to register for selective service, they will not be truly free or equal to men.
Many arguments exist from hypocritical liberal feminists that try to twist the laws to suit their needs. They claim that women are just as good as men. In fact, Anne Heche said, “Anything boys can do, girls can do better.” Though I do not agree with this statement, I do believe that men have qualities that women do not have, and women have qualities that men do not have. Men are more analytical, logical, protective, and physical. Women are more compassionate, caring, kind, and loving.
Many people say that women should be allowed on the front line. Many say that they should be forced on the front the same as men. I am not one of those people. I think that due to different characteristics of men and women, women have no place in combat alongside men: they would be a distraction and a hazard. However, women could be very useful as nurses or office workers. Why not take the men already serving in to offices and replace them with women? They joined the military by choice; they should fight before anyone else!
***UPDATE NOVEMBER 2012***
I notice a lot of people reading this blog, probably because you have some teacher/professor asking you to get into feminism as it relates to selective service. This probably isn’t a paper you want to be using for reference. Understand that I had just turned 18 when I wrote this (my birthday is February 1), and I wasn’t very happy about being forced to register for selective service, lest my future as a citizen be put in jeopardy. Seriously; I used the word “anti-thesis” because that’s how I said the word – I didn’t know it was “ant-ithisis.” That’s the perspective you get in this whole thing – young and dumb.
That having been said, to this day, I believe selective service is ridiculous, in general; I especially believe that it’s sexist to only make men register for it. Now, the reality is, we’ll never have a draft again. Our modern military is run more efficiently by less people than ever before, and we just don’t fight wars with as many boots on the ground, anymore. We also tend to forcibly make troops extend their service, but that’s all for another topic and another day.
Suffice it to say that you should understand the concept of feminism and sexism before you dig into this subject. I wrote something in 2004 that might help give some perspective on it. Take a look at it; I hope it helps. With the advent of allowing women to do anything in the military, including serve on submarines, I think the concept of selective service registration is bound to disappear. However, it’s unlikely that it will disappear until there is another draft, because until then, it’s just another annoying piece of paperwork you have to fill out. I don’t even know where my draft card is. I’m going to be 30 in a few months – it’s a non-issue for anyone over 24. We could have WWIII tomorrow, and I’d never get drafted.
But, here’s a little something for you. On my 18th birthday, I got a razor in the mail from Gillette. Pretty cool thing for them to do, I think, and a lot of us have been customers of theirs for live because of it. The thing is, lots of us need razors before we are 18, even if it’s just to get rid of that upper-lip fuzz (seriously, high school kids, get that crap off your lip). But lots of us don’t own a razor until Gillette is nice enough to just give us one. It’s not a requirement – we can steal our father’s every few weeks for a fast once-over.
Or steal our mother’s/sister’s. Women shave, too, and they go through way more razors than we men do – legs have way more surface area than faces do. So where’s their razor, Gillette? Chances are, they bought their first one when they became a teenager. Give them something! A coupon for a pack of blades of their choice. Something!!! What’s the matter with you? Sexist pigs…
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