Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sexual Equality in the World

In a move long overdue, the US military is finally considering requiring women to register for the draft.

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, came out in support of the move recently. Now that women are allowed into combat and are otherwise equal to their male counterparts, it is only fair they be subject to the draft. Feminists are disturbed by this move. Some have come out and criticized women in the military at all if it would include combat.

Feminism's originally stated goal was to make men and women equal in all aspects of society. This has gone so far as to support unisex clothing, unisex bathrooms, and constant accusations of sexism in politics and sports. However, when it came to the more dangerous aspects of life like combat there was silence except in very rare cases. Whenever female political candidates appeared, if they didn't meet the ideals of feminism, they were vilified and insulted by the very organizations that should have been supporting their candidacy.

Just as any activist group looks for special privilege and balks at special demands, the feminist movement has been dishonest in its goals. Women have always held a privileged position in society. Most laws are designed for the protection of women and children, either directly or indirectly. Before the feminist-instigated "sexual revolution," the average family of four was supported by a single parent. The family debt to income ratio was roughly 30% in 1958. By 1979, it was 80% and a single income was insufficient to maintain the household. Women entered the workforce out of necessity. However, instead of doing it as men did, starting from the bottom and working their way up, they complained that they were being subjugated and denied equal treatment. Very few were required to dig ditches, collect garbage, remove roadkill, or other onerous tasks carried out by men.

The goal of the feminist movement is not equality. It is to displace men in leadership positions, to put feminist icons in positions of corporate and political power. As an activist group, this is understandable. All activist groups have extreme ideas on their fringes. However, just as all activist groups eventually degrade into their fringes, so has the feminist movement.

There are those who will defend the feminist movement, saying that it has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. These defenders should take a hard look at the recent activity of the members of the feminist movement who discriminate against transgenders. If a society accepts someone as a woman, shouldn't the movement dedicated to feminism support them? The recent acceptance of transgenders into female sports at the Olympics has created a backlash that belies the original argument of feminism. If men and women are equal in all aspects, then why the outrage? Either men and women are equal, or they aren't.

You can't have it both ways.

When the biological differences are ignored and the social differences are ignored, is it any wonder the society is confused and disorganized in its attitudes?