Draft Women First

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-New York) says he will reintroduce a bill to reinstate the military draft. Rangel believes putting the lives of sons of the middle class on the line would deter the Republicans’ penchant for war-making. I think he should go one step further and draft young women first. Putting their daughters in harm’s way would really give the chickenhawks pause before going to war on whim.

This won’t happen, I know. We haven’t even had the debate yet about whether to draft women when (not if) the draft is needed again.

As a feminist, I believe the argument against drafting women in moot. Women have demanded equality in our society, and that means they should be called up equally with men in an involuntary muster.

Still, I think Rep. Rangel is right. We need the draft to keep rightwing hawks like Pres. Bush, Vice Pres. Cheney and the rest of their cabal honest in their war-making.

One solid indicator that the threat to the United States is real would be the willingness of the country’s leaders to send their daughters into the conflict first.

(Except, of course, Cheney’s daughter Mary is who is gay and thus would get a free pass.)


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  • lionii
    November 20, 2006 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    When women actually GET equality, then maybe draft them.

    But, I am against a draft of any kind. No matter what Rangel says the bill will be, it will be changed in conference or some such to be standard military fare….do what we tell you when we tell you.

    November 21, 2006 - 3:16 am | Permalink

    I’m for the draft…but only if deferments are limited to those phyiscally or mentally challenged. As a Vietnam Vet, I remember the draft, as it used to be. It allowed people like Cheney, Bush and yes, Clinton, to esacape it. Either because daddy could get them out or they could afford college. Alot of couldn’t so we went. This time around, maybe EVERYBODY will have to learn a hard lesson.

  • January 28, 2007 - 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Is the point of having everyone go–men, women, different classes, etc–because it is the right thing to do, giving equality to all, or is the point to get under the skin of those in authority to rethink fighting at all. Which is the real motivator?

  • February 14, 2007 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    An element of honor for the people who sacrifice to serve their country has always been a part of my understanding of military service. Has the view of military service changed so much? Is it always a mere obligation or do soldiers steel feel proud to fight for America? What would happen if women fought in wars? Would the whole aspect of fighting for the loved ones at home disappear and change the whole morale?

  • Tya
    March 19, 2011 - 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Its disgusting to say that women should be drafted in a man’s war. Besides, women are still paid less for male jobs so why should we be forced to do a man’s job?

    I miss the days when men were chivalrous and had respect for women. Feminists ruined a good thing and for what? So women could be treated like garbage.

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