"Allow me to hold the door open for women so they can register for draft" by Ken Herman: Excerpt: "Maybe I missed it, but when was the parade/demonstration in which women demanded to be equal with males when it comes to potential mandatory military service? . . . . So here's where we stand on military service: Men must register and would have to serve if the draft is reinstated. Women do not register and can't be required to serve if the draft is reinstated. Anybody see gender equity here? What color ribbon do I wear to display my support for gender equity when it comes to mandatory military service?" Read the article here: http://www.statesman.com/opinion/allow-me-to-hold-the-door-open-for-146548.html
I would add the following. Does anyone doubt that if the genders were reversed, there would be non-stop demonstrations until this inequity was changed? But the genders aren't reversed, and chivalrous men seem to be largely OK with the inequity in registering. Mr. Herman didn't miss the demonstrations: they never happened. (If the draft were reinstated, I think that you'd see a different reaction -- most fair-minded people would realize that a male-only draft doesn't comport with any of the notions the feminists have foisted upon our culture.)
When confronted with charges that selective service is blatant gender discrimination against males, feminists often fall back on the fact that there is no current draft, so what's all the fuss? And then they add that they are opposed not just to gender inequality in selective service but they are opposed to the draft in general.
This is all very noble sounding, but it doesn't change the fact that when teens turn 18, only the boys have to register. It also doesn't change the inequity when a young man forgets or fails to register. During FY 2007, 158,935 names and addresses of suspected violators of the duty to register with the Selective Service System were provided to the Department of Justice for possible investigation and prosecution for their failure to register, carrying a penalty up to five years in prison -- every one of the violators was male -- because young women are exempt from even registering.
That, you see, is what is known as "male privilege."