I have been appalled by the recent discussions relating to women being mandated to register for the Selective Service. Despite this discussion being couched in terms of “equality” for women, I am most struck by the complete lack of honor and respect owed to the rights and role of women that this movement implies. Of course we are proud of the women who have felt driven to prove themselves capable in the most rigorous combat situations; however, I encourage women and men everywhere to ask themselves, “Just because a woman can, does that mean a woman should?”
If you haven’t yet heard it from a woman, let me be the first to say loud and clear, I do not doubt my own worth and equality as a wife and mother and I do not want myself or my daughters or my daughters’ daughters forced to sacrifice their nature and greatest fulfillment in motherhood by sacrificing their bodies on the front line. We have been sacrificing our bodies through childbirth and child-rearing since the beginning of time. There are countless tombstones and varicose veins to prove it. How dare any man or any woman assert that it’s finally time for women to pull their own weight. These assertions are simply appalling and show a complete lack of regard for the past, present and future role that women play in civilization.
It has been said that the greatest misogynist is a feminist. This may well be another example of that aphorism that turns our hearts cold. The women who are proponents of such developments and frame it as a right or as women “finally” fulfilling their civic responsibility are in fact the very women who have chosen to abdicate their most fundamental civic responsibility, that is motherhood.
As a woman, I have found the greatest expression of equality and fulfillment of my “duty” as a wife and mother in my home alongside my husband. This is no small job or commitment. Nor should it be dismissed and belittled in ways espoused by this movement. We are soldiers on the home front. We battle degeneration. We clothe, feed, teach, and nurture the future generation. We clothe, feed, strengthen and nurture our husbands. Women have forever been guardians of the hearth and must be allowed to remain so. Men have forever been guardians at the front and must be willing to remain so.
Further, men who advocate this development should be ashamed of themselves. Many of them are husbands, fathers to daughters, and all of them are sons of mothers. I ask each of them to imagine what this means to the women in their own lives. I ask them to consider how comfortable they are robbing other women of their fundamental right and responsibility to choose to stay home and be a mother. I ask them to consider why registering for the Selective Service and possibly going to the front line during the most productive childbearing years of a woman’s life is considered a rite of passage for every American, while giving birth is not? I ask them to identify the moment when it was no longer considered a fundamentally essential component of civilized society and responsible government to protect wives and mothers rather than exploit their bodies and negate the essential role they play.
By sending women to the front lines through conscription, we may very well ask ourselves, what are we fighting to preserve? In this scenario, war is no longer justified. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are meaningless when the life-giver is forced to lay down her life in a way that God never intended and there is no longer a family at home. I ask you to consider, what then becomes the pursuit of happiness?
The women who so vocally advocated for equal rights 40 years ago are no longer young women. Did they have enough foresight to envision their granddaughters being forced to the front lines and the resulting unborn and motherless? Fatherless homes are a plague of our time. Are we really willing to add motherless homes to the list?
Reader, do you have enough courage to turn the tide? According to the Selective Service System’s website, “As of January 2016, there has been NO decision to require females to register with Selective Service, or be subject to a future military draft. Selective Service continues to register only men, ages 18 through 25.”
As a woman who knows herself to be inherently equal, a dutiful woman who strives to fulfill her civic duty through motherhood 24 hours a day, and has the same dream for her daughters, I implore you do not allow this to change.
Emily Anderegg lives in Midvale, Utah.