One of the arguments that are frequently cited by misogynists some men for why there will never be equal rights, they say, is because women don’t put themselves on the line in times of war. They say that because we aren’t willing to risk our lives for our country that we don’t have the rights to equal status.
And I say, “Who told you that I’m not willing to die for my country? When were we invaded? Where’s my rifle? Sign me up. I’ll go.” Maybe not all women feel that way, but a lot of women do. There’s no reason why women can’t be great warriors or even battle leaders, such as Joan of Arc, for example. Read Judges 5 for the account of Deborah and Jael.
Women have had a military presence for at least the last 4000 years, and I bet that if you could walk back to caveman times you might easily see a woman or two throwing a spear or a rock. Why? Out of necessity. All human beings are motivated by the survival instinct. Their motivation: fight or flee. Same reaction, whether man or woman.
Feminists, and many other women who wouldn’t identify themselves as being such, have been working for years to get women equal combat status in the military. Why has it not happened?
Well, the laws in this country would have to change. And who makes the laws? In a country where many men and women, too, claim that women have arrived, the United States Congress, where laws are written and passed, contained only 17% female representation in the year 2009. As of the latest elections I believe that proportion has decreased.
If the silly tea partiers can protest about Obama being born in Kenya or whatever other shit they’ve made up, then why can’t women claim taxation without representation? The United States female population is over 50% of the people, but they make up only 17% of lawmakers. This percentage should embarrass us. I know it embarrasses me. This country is such a great country and at the same time such a backward nation. Even Brazil, one of the worst cultural offenders in terms of objectifying women and treating them as sexual objects, just elected a female President. We have yet to see a female Vice President.
There’s absolutely no reason why women can’t be drafted and no reason why they can’t serve in the military right alongside of men in every capacity. Israel requires compulsory military service for both men and women. If women defer to men who say that they want to exclude us in order to protect us, then we rightly deserve to have privileges withheld from us. We’ve given them that power by appointing men as our protectors while we cower in the corner and bite our fingernails, like some simpering love interest in a Hollywood action movie marketed to men, written by, directed by, produced by, and starring men. It’s time we got all Lara Croft on their asses.
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