The Las Vegas Sun recently published an article titled, Listen-up ladies, Uncle Sam might want you too, which discusses the possibility of women being drafted to fight in the military.
In light of a recent law that now opens up combat units to women who meet the physical qualifications, commentators have noted that conscription, irrespective of gender has become plausible in the future.
Drafting women to fight alongside men may make many uneasy, but strict egalitarians point out the consistency of such a policy. Why not? What makes women different from men anyway? Gender is a social construct after all. The idea of drafting women to fight in combat is a disconcerting idea. It is still to be seen whether the Federal government would enact such a policy, but considering conscription is widely unpopular and an all-volunteer force is sufficient, compulsive service for women is not a pressing issue.
For a strict pragmatist, the deciding factor is whether a man or woman can physically and emotionally do their job, not whether they were physiologically born a man or woman. This pattern of thinking is evident in more ways than one. For instance, read Greg Gibson’s article on a recent Massachusetts school that has removed gender boundaries by granting boys and girl access to each other’s locker rooms.