This proposed policy only applies to the US, so women worldwide you can sleep easy tonight, your rights shall not be affected. But to US women, the game is up! For too long you have enjoyed the fruits of other people’s labour, now it is time to rescind that which you do not deserve.
I am of course talking about the vote which women in the US, you simply no longer deserve. Before we delve too deep into identity politics let it be known it is not because of your double-x chromosomes, nor your increased oestrogen levels, nor your ownership of a vagina that is the cause of this article, biology has neither involvement nor influence in this proposition. It is because of what you as a group do, or more correctly, what you as a group don’t do.
The right of citizens to vote in the United States is protected by the US Constitution, Amendment XV (ratified 1870) states that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Do not fear, my dear Americans that I would dare to question the Constitution, I could not agree more with it. However what I take issue with is the path to and criteria of becoming a citizen in the United States of America.
As a non-American male for me to register as an American Citizen I have to fulfill many requirements, many of which are similar to what non-American females would be expected to also. But one certain success criteria that my female counterparts would not be expected nor is even requested to satisfy, is application to the Selective Service. This also stands true for natural born American Citizens, in the 30 days following his 18th birthday all men must register for the Selective Service. Late registrations are accepted but not after he has passed his 26th birthday, those who fail to register may find themselves ineligible for certain benefits:
Federal student loans and grant programs
Federal job training under the Workforce Investment Act
Federal jobs or security clearance as a contractor
U.S. citizenship for immigrants
Also, male duty to the Selective Service is backed by the law, Section 453(a) of the Military Selective Service Act states that: “…it shall be the duty of every male citizen of the United States, and every other male person residing in the United States, who … is between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, to present himself for and submit to registration…” Penalties for failing to comply with the Military Service Act include a fine of up to $250,000 or a prison term of up to five years, or both.
To have the rights of a citizen is to have the responsibilities of a citizen, but it seems this sentiment only applies to men. Where women are allowed to reap the benefits of US Citizenship without having to endure the responsibilities, men are expected to do the hard work. In effect, men are disposable.
A necessity for men in the US, no sexism is prevalent in this image
Evidently this imbalance needs to be corrected, there must be some form of compromise, a way of levelling out the playing field. The first and most obvious conclusion would be to simply add women to the Selective Service, make it as much a requirement for them to register. Thusly both men and women would be contributing to and enjoying the benefits of living as an American Citizen.
However, to add women would require amending the law, altering the Constitution and changing public perceptions. In 1981 the Supreme Court, in Rostker v. Goldberg, ruled that only requiring men to register was constitutional, arguing this did not breach the equal protection segment of the due process clause. Public opinion also supports this, articles such as this from National Review claim that “Only a Barbaric Nation Drafts Its Mothers and Daughters into Combat” and “Men should protect women. They should not shelter behind mothers and daughters.” Men are here to do the hard work, to question this is to stand against the tide.
So if the Selective Service cannot be altered, can it be abolished? Unlikely. A petition to The Obama Administration in 2014 titled “Abolish the Selective Service act!” attained a mere TWO signatures. Also, the national pride vested by America and her citizens in their military and war veterans has rendered questioning the military and its practices near taboo.
That leaves only one other solution to this problem: remove the right to vote from those who have not signed up to the Selective Service. In this case, women. The risk that men face from the Selective Service is rewarded by the right to vote, with great power comes great responsibility; this should apply to women as well. But as they do not wish to face that risk they should not be provided the reward free of charge. Equality is equality, whether you like it or not.
However the likelihood of this happening is slim, but if America really wants to stand up as the land of truth and justice then this sexist Selective Service System will need to be amended and proper equality brought to the rules of voting eligibility.
One can only dream.
I’m adding this section down here because I can imagine a lot of butt-hurt feminists and virgin white knights complaining about sexism and “muh soggy knees” so I’m just gonna straight up say it: yes, there is a heavy load of satire in this piece. Don’t like reading it? Change the system. Don’t hate me for exposing the inequalities people face in the world.