The Gentleman's Last Stand
In my modern American novel class we were discussing the anti-Vietnam War book The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. We were discussing in particular the type of person who gets his draft card and responds by running away to Canada. Some of my friends and I pointed out that such a person is both a coward and a disloyal American.
This was not the only, or even the dominant, opinion in the room. Someone else said that we should not judge this person’s actions because we have never been in his shoes. (By this logic jurors should not sentence convicted murderers unless they are murderers themselves). This classmate went on to add words to the effect of, “if I had been in that guy’s position I probably would have done the same thing and run away to Canada.”
So there you have it -- an American in an American classroom publicly stating that he would commit a criminal act by dodging the draft if the chance presented itself. What makes this statement truly remarkable, though, is that the speaker was a girl.
Doesn’t she know that women were exempt from the draft? Don’t my classmates know? Doesn’t my teacher? It didn’t look like it. (Of course, just a day before my teacher had said “the rumblings of the draft are very real” so there is obviously a lot she doesn’t know).
Perhaps the reason that so many people don’t know that women were exempt from the draft is that they don’t understand why they should be. After all, women are exactly the same as men (provided you ignore the obvious differences).
Today’s young man is not taught to be a gentleman -- he does not hold doors for a girl or carry her books; he grants girls no quarter in the co-educational gym classes, nor would you expect him to, because he has been taught that to differentiate between guys and girls would be sexist. So with the death of “sexism” we have the death of gentlemanly respect for women. And it’s a triumph for the feminists.
I wrote a piece several months ago on why women should not be allowed to serve in the military, closing with the observation that no self-respecting man would allow a woman to do his fighting for him. I was surprised by the reaction I got -- a lot of “self-respecting” males came up to tell me that they had no problems with letting women fight for them. One teacher added that he thought I had a good article, but why did I have to end it with such blatant chauvinism? Of course, I also got positive reactions to my article -- from guys I knew had considered or were considering military service. Maybe the self-respecting male is just a lot harder to find that he used to be.
There is a two-pronged attack on America’s manhood (and womanhood) at public schools. The first prong is in the lack of the patriotic lesson. The young men in our school seem to think that the highest goal they could have in life is to pump tremendous amounts of cash into their bank accounts. They do not think about honor, or service, because no one teaches them what a great country this is. In other words, they do not understand why the United States is worth defending. They don’t think about the manly pursuit of fighting for your homeland. They don’t think about manliness. (I should add, though, that I know several fellows who do think about these things. There are not too many of them, but they’re the sort of guys you want for friends.)
The second prong is the theory of guy-girl interchangeability, which could only have originated in the classroom. The unfortunate thing is, though, that it is much easier for a fellow to forget the rules of chivalry than it is for him to follow them. It is not easy to cultivate respect for anything, so why bother? -- particularly if you are told that this respect is a bad thing.
Chivalrous behavior towards women requires that gentlemen honor and respect ladies. This puts feminists in a bind, however, because to accept this honor would require that they admit there is a reason for it, and they see this as accepting an inferior position. They have decided, therefore, that it is better to let women live without this honor and respect.
It is obvious that feminists hate men -- men, in their view, are the condescending suppressors of female independence. In practice, however, feminists hate women even more. This hate has worked its way into the modern public school system, and the result is that young women are wasting time worrying about being drafted. The young gentleman, as well as the young lady, is being forced out.
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the Lord thy God.” -- Deuteronomy 22:5