While I consider myself a proponent of equality, I have long withheld my support for today’s modern breed of “feminism.” Among other concerns, my chief complaint has long been the selective cherry-picking of ideals.
Those who crusade for true equality amongst the sexes must, as a matter of principle, also crusade to incorporate women into the draft and seek an end to preferential treatment for women in divorce and child custody proceedings.
Until such a time, I cannot lend my voice to the supposed struggle for gender equality so long as it is not a true quest for equality, but a quest for supremacy and special treatment.
According to a statement by Army Secretary John McHugh on Monday, the military may soon find themselves in a situation where if they allow women into combat roles, they must also require them to register for the draft.
At the U.S. Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., McHugh highlighted the double-edged sword that would be required to incorporate women into combat roles.
“If your objective is true and pure equality, then you have to look at all aspects and at some point Selective Service will have to be one of those things considered very carefully,” McHugh warned.
The comments came just weeks after high-ranking military members were tasked with submitting recommendations to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on how the military could include women in some combat roles.
The Marines reportedly requested an exception for some infantry and reconnaissance units while the other branches requested no such exception.
Carter is expected to deliver his decision by January 1st, 2016.
A study conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps found that mixed-gender units consistently performed poorer than all-male units in simulated combat situations.
The comprehensive study was unwelcome news to some and has been criticized by officials who value social engineering over maintaining a superb fighting force.
Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy, claimed that the study was allegedly biased against women. However, Sgt. Maj. Justin LeHew, a tenured Marine and a war hero who helped conduct the nine-month-long study, called Mabus’ comments “way off base” and noted that combat roles should not be open to women until they are required to register for the draft as men are.
“In this country we preach equality. But to place these mandates on the military before this country has even considered making females register, just like males, for the selective service is in all aspects out of touch with reality,” LeHew wrote.
We are at a crossroad as a nation and as a society. We must either dedicate ourselves entirely to the promotion of equal circumstances for everybody — a task that is impossible and something this author does not recommend.
Or, alternatively, we can admit that there are differences between the sexes and that such differences are okay and an affirmation of the value of diversity –the kind of diversity that the left loves to pretend to favor, but against which they consistently fight.