Will I do? The time has come to say enough to this political correctness. We do not draft women in this country. We protect them.Is NOBODY going to oppose drafting women? Donald Trump, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 7, 2016
Yes, I know that women have the same rights as men, and that rights bring responsibilities, and that many women are more able physically than some men to serve in the military. But conveniently left out of this argument is what is in the best interest of the survival of the species. Bluntly, young men are expendable, young women are not. Civilization is based on the protection of women -- not their subjugation to a feminist's fantasy of a heteronormative patriarchy. We protect women not because they are frail and helpless, but because they bear the children who are our future. By all accounts, child-bearing requires a strength most men lack.
My argument is not chauvinistic, but chivalrous. One account lists the rules of chivalry as:
To fear God and maintain His ChurchThese were the rules that protected Europe from hordes of Muslim invaders centuries ago. Sadly, chivalry fell out of favor as we pursue some nonsensical idea that men are the same as women. They are not. And a man in a dress is not transgendered; he is a man in a dress. Without chivalry, we have gangs of Muslims raping women in Europe -- and European leaders blaming the victims for the way they dress, an ordering them to avoid certain neighborhoods without a male escort. This is sharia law! Bring back chivalry.
To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
To protect the weak and defenceless
To give succour to widows and orphans
To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
To live by honour and for glory
To despise pecuniary reward
To fight for the welfare of all
To obey those placed in authority
To guard the honour of fellow knights
To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
To keep faith
At all times to speak the truth
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
To respect the honour of women
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
Never to turn the back upon a foe
The rules of chivalry civilize men, forcing them to put the needs of others ahead of their own wants, specifically, "to give succour to widows and orphans" and "to respect the honour of women." The stereotype of the frat boy runs counter to chivalry.
Yes, we should allow women the same opportunities as men, but we should not lower the bar in order to meet some quota. The military is not Sesame Street. It is not a bunch of muppets of various shapes and sizes singing, "Rainbow Connection." The military is a killing machine designed to protect our borders and our interests abroad. Its mission has primacy over the individual rights of its members.
If women wish to serve, fine. Let them. We should not force women into being mothers. But should we need to conscript people, take the men, not the women. Men are expendable. Women are not.