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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:55 AM

73. Yes, it is sexism.

Discriminating based on gender is inherently sexism and the drafting of men to go into war while forcing women to stay home is inherently discriminatory. Even though men (usually the wealthy of politically powerful ones) have been facilitating it, it is still sexism. Whether or not it is worse than forcing women to become prostitutes (Non Sugar-Coated Version: "turning women into sex slaves" all depends on whether you'd rather shoot people to bits yourself/get shot to bits or be raped repeatedly by multiple men.

I'll let you decide on that last one. Personally, I'd rather kill and be killed than be raped. It isn't "just" a way of violating someone - it's also torturous and can lead to bleeding, which can cause slow and painful death just as much as a mortal wound can.

Anywho, the way I see it, if a draft were to ever be instated again, the only way to make it "fair" to both sexes would be to make it based on merit. And, by that I mean, prior training or, failing that, overall health. The more qualified parent from each family. Single parents (male or female) would be excluded so that children would be taken care of. Single men and women would be equally examined/tested/etc. for strength and training. If a woman just so happens to be strong/fit/trained enough to be a soldier and either single or married to a spouse less suited than she, then there's no reason she wouldn't be drafted. Likewise, if a man most definitely were not healthy or trained, then that would make him less eligible than the aforementioned woman.

Naturally, of course, my merit-based draft method would be difficult and costly to implement. From the government's perspective, it's easier just to round up the men. Always has been. Can't say I'm happy about it though. It basically means not even bothering to look into half of the population for viable (and even, in some cases, willing!) soldiers. Silly, considering the fact that there have been skilled female soldiers. Textbook Example: Joan of Arc. For a pragmatist like me, that's just downright wasteful.

tl;dr version: Yup. Fits the definition of sexism perfectly. The women forced to be raped repeatedly are probably getting the worst part of the deal though, but then that might just be the way I see it.

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