Leon Panetta has finally ended all misconceptions we may have had about women being the kinder, gentler sex: they are now officially equal on the battlefield. No more chivalry, no more going easy on them, and if they are enemies, no mercy. Welcome to the world of men, ladies!
However, they can’t be fully equal until they, too, are forced to register with Selective Service, just like every 18-year-old American boy.
Selective Service remains a bastion of inequality and male privilege, and this surely must be rectified now that women are every bit as able to serve our nation under arms.
From the Selective Service System website, at the top of which are photos of happy, smiling young men, just waiting to be blown up:
If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. It’s the law. According to law, a man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. Selective Service will accept late registrations but not after a man has reached age 26. You may be denied benefits or a job if you have not registered. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number. When you do obtain a social security number, let Selective Service know. Provide a copy of your new social security number card; being sure to include your complete name, date of birth, Selective Service registration number, and current mailing address; and mail to the Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94636, Palatine, IL 60094-4636.
Even today foul sexism and the evil patriarchy maintains an iron grip in certain sectors of government and society. Why shouldn’t women also have the privilege of being eligible for the draft? Is it fair that men must always claim the lion’s share of awards for courage in battle? Why, it’s bad enough that all those “dead white males” got to write history for so long, so why should so many of the men blown up, shot or burned to death be festooned with stars, ribbons and medals when such a privilege and honor could be bestowed upon our poor, oppressed sisters (who are just as strong and brave, after all)?
Yes, it’s time for women to register for the draft. If they are now just as capable of serving in combat, then it isn’t equal not to include them in the draft. That would be privilege without responsibility, and we know our fine women deserve far better than that.