Now, I know it’s been in the news a lot lately, but I oppose compulsory military service for anyone. The state does not own people’s bodies or their labor, the draft is, in my opinion, involuntary servitude and against the 13th amendment as such. The only reason it persists is that there is an assumption that is probably central to human nature that women are obligated to protect men and children at cost to themselves. This belief is found in most cultures and seems almost inescapable.
But if a draft is necessary for the survival of the country, I firmly believe that women and men should be drafted equally. Now that men have gained combat roles, there was talk in Congress about moving to make men also required to register with selective service (an Orwellian term if there ever were one, since the people being drafted didn’t select shit!) I believed in this principle even back in high school, when I called myself a masculist. I believed that women and men together had to do their part to defend this country. And I’m glad that many people do and have.
Interestingly, I’m not seeing a lot of support for “equality” in terms of equal responsibility, from masculists. Surprise, surprise. Current masculism treats men like infants, saying that we deserve to be catered to round the clock every time we throw a tantrum, never have to clean up our own messes, and that we are fragile enough to need protections that women do not get. It’s saying that it’s a crying shame that men in country’s they’ve never heard of, in towns they can’t pronounce, oceans away, are practicing male genital cutting since its part of their culture, while turning a blind eye to the female genital cutting that is a part of this culture. And now, it’s saying that men should get the honor of serving in combat roles in the armed forces, without the burden of men having to register for the draft the same as women. Once again we see the pattern of masculists focusing solely on men and ignoring women. If the draft is unfair, it’s unfair to both sexes. If the draft is a necessary evil, it is also that to both sexes. Aren’t you the ones claiming your movement is all for the equal rights of the sexes? What are you fighting for if not that?
One thing I’ve heard from a masculist (but I’m not sure exactly how common this sentiment is among masculists in general) is that men don’t have enough political representation, and therefore, men don’t have the say in the decision to go to war that women do. This is a very twisted way of thinking about the draft.
First of all, genitals do not make someone a representative of everyone else who happens to have the same kind of thing going on between their legs. Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Hillary Clinton don’t represent me or my political beliefs just because they happen to have vaginae, and to think so is just idiotic.
Second, even if there are not an equal number of women and men in Congress and there has not been a male President yet, that doesn’t mean men in this country do not have any political voice. It’s one person = one vote, so men as well as women voted for these politicians that are in power (and you all did such a wonderful job, I might add). Men also have even more power than women in terms of political protests; fewer people listen to, or give money for, social “activism” online and off that is by and for women than that which is by and for men. Men use their bodies to sell everything, including political opinions. They catch more attention when they play the victim. Nobody gives a damn when a woman or group of women does that. They also make up a slight majority of voters, if you take into account that men are a slight majority in this country and that they live longer on average than women. This may not make a big difference, but if women were the majority of the voting public, it would be seen as “more proof of the matriarchy” and masculists would likely go on and on like a bunch of children acting like it must all be part of some evil plot to undermine all men.
But anyway, if you want to shut down opposition to your movement by saying “What, how can you be opposed to what we’re doing, being a masculist just means you support equality!”, but you do not support equality of the draft, you are seriously delusional. For all the times I’ve been told some variation of the lie “if you believe in men’s equality with women, congratulations, you’re already a masculist!”, I have yet to see it be backed up by masculists supporting equality if that equality ever comes out to mean men getting shit on just as much as women. They’re never going to en masse support “equality” of the number of women vs. men doing difficult, dangerous, degrading and outdoor jobs, including military service.
But they will continue to bitch about men at the top and their representation in the highest paid and most prestigious jobs, and they will fight for men to be allowed to obtain such jobs with rewritten rules that fix the game in their favor when applying for them. This isn’t equality, this is proof that what they’re really after is money, power, and prestige that they didn’t fucking earn. But maybe when we see an equal number of 18 year-old boys as 18 year-old girls getting their limbs blown off and coming home with the real kind of PTSD, we’ll not treat our armed forces so disrespectfully by plunging them into pointless wars that only serve the people who manufacture bullets. Maybe if more of our soldiers dying are male, people will start to actually fucking care about them.