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Picking a Fight

Abby Sanderson, Feature Editor

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I don’t plan on going to fight in a war.

It’s not really my thing, killing and being killed and all that.

And I don’t have to worry about it. Unless I decide that leaving my home for some war-zone under the protection of a government-issue rifle and my subpar camouflage skills is the kind of life experience I want, I’m golden. But only because I’m a girl.

In 2016, women were given the ability to serve in any combat job in the military (although wanting to be an infantry soldier in the Marines is beyond me). For optimistic feminists, this was a big step towards equality. Now everyone, regardless of gender, can fight and die for our country on the front lines together. Perfect. Except that this opens up a whole new can of gender-equality worms.

Men have been required by law to register for the Selective Service System (or the draft pool) since 1917. And back then, it made sense that the draft wasn’t required for women because men, with all their muscles and testosterone, were the only people who could possibly handle the responsibility and stress of military service. But now that all combat roles are open to women (and we’ve abandoned the idea of the “weaker” sex), it doesn’t make any sense that half the population is exempted from the draft solely because of gender.

True equality has no bias. If women are truly equal to men and capable of all forms of military service, then the Selective Service System should apply to everyone. I’d like to avoid open warfare as much as the next person, but I’d also bet money that a lot of those 18-year-old boys registering for the draft don’t feel too hot about the possibility of being shot at either.

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