Selective Service (military conscription)

No gender oppression is comparable in magnitude to the deaths of males in war, which includes forced conscription. Over 20 million male soldiers died in WWII alone, about 500,000 of them U.S. soldiers.

In the U.S. males must still register for the draft by age 18, including “only sons” and even disabled men if they can move about. Historically, a large percentage of men were drafted before they were old enough to even vote. The Vietnam Memorial has 58,000 male names and 8 female names. Males throughout the world are still forced to fight wars, even at ages as young as 6 in some countries.

People who say “men make war” are the same ones who find it sexist to say men make science, medicine, etc., as women were restricted from participating and still did contribute in many ways. The same is true of war. Women leaders supported and declared wars, and women in the general population have supported wars at almost the same rate men have. E.g., 76% of women and 86% of men supported the U.S. military attack in Kuwait and Iraq during the Gulf War.

In his report, “War and Gender,” University of Massachusetts political scientist Joshua Goldstein documents how women have actively encouraged military adventurism, both in modern and indigenous societies, and that in the face of imminent conflict, women goad their men into combat. In the Revolutionary War, women were known to withhold sexual favors from reluctant fighters. During the Civil War, Southern belles refused to accept suitors who did not take up arms. In World War I, British women organized the White Feather campaign in which they gave a white feather to men who refused to fight, as a sign of their unmanliness. Among the Bedouin, frenzied Rwala women bare their breasts and urge their men to war. Before the 1973 coup in Chile, women threw corn at soldiers to taunt them as “chickens.” During the era of the Soviet Gulag, female interrogators were just as ruthless as their male counterparts in extracting confessions. In the Rwanda genocide, Hutu women played a major role in killing Tutsi men.

“Women of every social category took part in the killings. … Some women killed with their own hands. … Women and girls in their teens joined the crowds that surrounded churches, hospitals and other places of refuge. Wielding machetes and nail-studded clubs, they excelled as “cheerleaders” of the genocide, ululating the killers into action.”
African Rights report, Rwanda – Not So Innocent: When Women Become Killers, August 1995.)

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11 Responses to Selective Service (military conscription)

  1. Joe on February 3, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    I fprgot which woman said this about the subject but it was, “clearly combat is not for everyone” meaning when and if women have to sign up for selctive service the can work in desk jobs.

  2. Doug on January 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Let’s not forget the Roman boys who were raised from birth to be soldiers. They knew NO OTHER LIFE. Honor and remember these poor souls, too… they could have been artists, poets, writers, statesmen. Instead they were raised from birth to be killers for the state.

  3. Chris on June 24, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    What is the status of the NCFM suit against the govmnt for sex discrimination in selective service now that the ban on women incombat is lifted? It will be very interseting to see what methods the feminist organisations use to try to weasle out of this one.

  4. Chris on January 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Selective service would now be unconstitutional since the combat restriction on women has now been lifted. This was the only reason previous law suits failed to overturn the male only registration. I hope a young man eligible for SSR will challenge this ASAP because they re not going t o address this unless there is a challenge. At this point challenge has to succeed with the combat ban lifted. this is good news for male equality despite the pumped up claim that its a women’s rights success.

  5. Peter on January 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Selective Service should end, you're right.

  6. Aron on December 22, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    I fail to see your point. Women were regulated by men in what they could and couldn't do in society, and it had been this way for centuries. Women were raised to"know their place", and it wasn't to take part in war most of the time. This is why more men die in war than women. Women should have been at home making babies and caring for the family while the men were away, which was why women were not supposed to be involved in warfare on the battle fields.

    Your statistics are completely moot point. You just point out that more men die in war than women. Well DERP. This is because men are encouraged to go to war and fight for their country, because women can not really do this. Women are physically a weaker sex, therefore were expected to be useful by doing things back home.

    As "MASCULINE" males, you should know this. >_> But sounds more like you are bitching about it instead.

    Also. EVERYONE is capable of killing. Even women. And even men. Women have a natural instinct to kill just as men do.

    Your points are not impressive, and you bring no realistic points in your "issues".

    • Marc A. on March 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Anon, the point is that BOTH men and women have been discriminated against throughout history, in different ways, but nobody addresses the anti-male discrimination. Men don't make war any more than women do. The elite make war, and they force males to do the fighting. That's called sex discrimination. And it's one of the worst forms of it, forcing someone to fight. That's the point. Women were forced into their role, and men were forced into theirs, and neither had much "choice" in the matter. That''s what NCFM is about, raising awareness about that side of the story that gets ignored.

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