Many on the Left (and some on Right, nine cents away) are chortling over the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, yet more meddling between employer and employee on the part of the Great Parents In Washinton. Funny, I'm not hearing them are gripe about this: "Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S.,who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service." [Emphasis mine]
Why is that? Hey, I'm happy to be a full citizen and all, don't get me wrong; one of the best things about Western Civilization for us on the distaff side is we've got all manner of opportunities our ancestors could never have imagined, many thanks to technology. I can vote and I do vote. --But females are still exempt from the draft and kept away from front-line combat (and I am well aware of the very practical reasons for the latter, save your arguments).
Nevertheless, fair's fair. If we're gonna get paid the same, if we have all the same rights, hadn't we better also shoulder our share of the burden? Childbirth used to be woman's equivalent of warfare -- or even worse, since wars came and went but babies are born every day. Modern medicine has fixed that, even more than it has helped soldiers survive. So maybe it is time for us to step up, if we're gonna be gung-ho for equality in all things.
On the other hand, when I look at how Western Civilization has gone since my sisters got politically active, it frets me. What'd they turn their attention to even before the vote was won? Temperance, that's what, which gave us Prohibition, from which sprang nothing good. I dunno; maybe I shouldn't be voting. And neither should Hillary or Diane.
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