My name's Cecilia and I'm an incoming
junior at college. I just finished reading Manifesta (great job by the way!), after hearing about
it when you and Jennifer came to visit and speak
at my school.
My question is regarding women
in the military and whether or not, in an effort
of establishing true gender equality, women should
be included in the draft. I feel a notion like
this is a gross misrepresentation of what gender
equality really means, like saying if the ERA
was passed women would have to share co-ed bathrooms.
However, I can't come up with any substantive
answer, since I don't believe in reinforcing
our military as a way to solve international
Your help is greatly appreciated,
Thanks for reaching out and good to
know that our talk at your school was motivating
enough for you to actually purchase and read
In general, I think that women should
have to register for the draft, not so much in
the name of equality and feminism, but I think
it goes along with living in a democracy, etc.
If we want to be equal citizens, I think that
we should have the same expectations. However,
I think the larger question to consider, and
this a feminist question, is should we even have
a draft. As is those who access the military
get a tremendous amount of benefits and those
should be available to men and women alike; and
though I don't agree with our military, I think
that we can't just assume that it can be defeated.
We have to work within it to diminish it's
importance and to really challenge the resource
that it has available and use them in more
creative ways to really take control of our
tax dollars. I hope that helps, really just
my two cents.
for reaching out.