I can vote. I am protected by the Bill of Rights, just as men are. Contrary to the misinformed, yet popular belief, there is no proof that women get paid 78 cents for every man’s dollar. The fact that “greedy,” profit-driven capitalists are still hiring men, when they can supposedly hire me for three-quarters the cost, is sufficient evidence for me to conclude that the wage gap is a myth. I have an equal opportunity to achieve whatever I want in my life as a United States citizen. I have equal rights to men, but I am a woman. I am proud to be different from men.
Women have fought long and hard for equal rights, but with achievement of equal rights to men, third-wave feminists haven’t given up the fight… for what, exactly?
Not equal rights, but a vaguer equality. In other words, they are insisting women be treated no differently from men. Here’s the thing – I am not a man. Women are not men. When will we acknowledge, and celebrate the innate, biological differences between men and women? The sexes will never be truly “equal,” because of our biological differences. Men will never be able to bear children. I am proud to be able to feed a newborn child and provide him or her with the nutrients he or she needs to grow.
Feminists are strict proponents of abortion and a woman’s right to choose… whether she wants to go through pregnancy right now. I mean, it’s only fair. Men never have to go through that. I would not be surprised if in the future, feminists demand the “women’s right” to be medically sterilized so women can be more equal to men and without the ability to bear children. Modern feminism has indirectly, but loudly suggested perhaps the most beautiful, powerful difference in a woman compared to a man, the ability to bear, feed, and nurture children, is an inconvenience and a burden.
Related to women’s ability to reproduce is the fact that we do not have as much skeletal muscle mass as men. A 1985 study published in the “Journal of Applied Physiology” found that men, on average, have 26.4 additional pounds of skeletal muscle mass than women. The study showed men had 40 percent more muscle mass in the upper body, and 33 percent more in the lower body. Additionally, a 1993 issue of the “European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology” pointed out that larger muscle fibers in men cause their muscles to be stronger than women’s. Men can also realize fitness gains faster because of the hormone testosterone.
I do not oppose a woman’s right, as a citizen of the United States, to “work her booty off” to complete boot camp, and pass all the necessary fitness tests to serve in our armed forces. It won’t be easy… you go girl! I oppose women being subject to the draft, which is curiously tied to an earlier feminist movement: women’s suffrage. I am grateful to the women who fought for my right to vote, but I understand the women who opposed it out of concern that they would be drafted into the U.S. military. You didn’t learn that in history books, did you? Men in the 1920s and prior didn’t necessarily think their wives and daughters were too stupid to vote, or consider them non-citizens. Women who chose not to be a part of the suffrage movement weren’t brainwashed into working against their self-interest. It wasn’t because our country’s leaders wanted to keep women down. It was because voting was considered a privilege – a payment to men who were subject to involuntary service in our country’s armed forces. In no way am I suggesting that women should not have the right to vote, but this interesting tidbit of history is often overlooked.
In 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that from that point forward, women would be allowed to serve in combat posts. Now that women have the right to vote and serve in front-line ground combat positions in the military, it seems logical that we be subject to the draft. It is the next logical step in the gradual push for equality to men. Though I believe feminists must absolutely support women in the draft based on their principle of equality alone, I do not, because it is not the smart decision.
Before the Obama administration opened direct land combat jobs to women, the plan to do so was known, to which Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin E. Dempsey announced: “if women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered.” Marine Corps research shows women have a difficult time completing its Infantry Officer course. Of 29 women who attempted this course in 2013, none graduated, and only four completed the first day’s combat endurance test. Dempsey shows how politically correct culture is endangering our servicemen and women with one quote, “If we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary, why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?”
Any sane person will insist, yes, it really does. Yes, all soldiers should be able to do their job with ease. Yes, all soldiers should be able to carry a 200-pound injured body to safety. The notion that certain military fitness tests should have lowered standards so the military can have a more equal ratio of men to women is a selfish oversight by progressive ideologues in Washington who value how our military looks more than they value the lives of our servicemen and women.
General John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, offered his outlook on the topic of women in the draftin an interview, saying, “I think every decision has to be looked at only one filter, and that is, does it make us more lethal on the battlefield? Will it end up – will it result in less casualties on our side? Will it end up in less casualties on the other side, because they’re human beings, too. So if you look at anything we are contemplating doing, does it make us more lethal? If the answer to that is yes, then do it. If the answer to that is no, clearly don’t do it. If the answer to that is, it shouldn’t hurt, I would suggest that we shouldn’t do it, because it might hurt.” Women have shown, by not being able to pass the same fitness tests, that they typically cannot do this particular job as well as men. If a woman volunteers to serve in the military and passes the tests, then by all means, let her serve. However, a military draft of women would put many more women in the military and almost certainly be followed by lowered fitness standards, a weaker military and more casualties.
My political opinions lead me to be strictly non-interventionist and to oppose the draft of men as well. However, I acknowledge the necessity of a strong line of defense to protect the land of the free. We seem to forget a trend of the past and present: countries conquer. If you are sitting there thinking, “that’s silly, the United States would never be conquered, no one would dare try,” you have the brave men and women in our military to thank. I will choose freedom over security every time, but our ability to secure our freedom against the rest of the world is something that should never be compromised.
Article originally pubished here on RefinedRight.com