Military Draft and Reverse Sexism

One or two years ago, I was taking my first Women’s Studies class at my college and it began my infatuation with feminism. Naturally, I had mixed feelings at first between agreeing with my teacher’s points of discussion and not wanting to announce the fact that I was a feminist, fearing criticism from friends. During this transition period into my self-identification as a feminist, I had an experience that I look back on with a bit of regret. I was in my apartment with my roommate and a friend of hers. We were discussing how I was taking the Women’s Studies class and how I was really enjoying it. My roommate’s male friend then said “I’ll support women’s rights when they aim for complete equality, instead of picking and choosing. When they fight for the right to be included in the military draft, then I’ll support them.” Right at that moment, it seemed like a fair response, so I agreed and let the conversation drift from the topic.

Now I’ve looked back at this conversation many times and wondered if I should have said something.  But what? What is the feminist stance on the military draft? I don’t imagine many women sincerely wish to be included in the military draft but it IS an example of inequality. In this case, men are forced to do something while women, too fragile, are not made to do so. Is it fair to try and fight for the good things that men are privileged with but keep silent about the small advantages over men that we are afforded? My best response that I’ve come up with since is the fact that I don’t think the military draft should be instated at all, requiring neither men nor women to be enlisted.

What are your thoughts on this issue of the military draft? What other examples of reverse sexism have you encountered as responses to discussions of feminism?

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