Outline:Why Women should be Drafted
Outline:Why Women should be Drafted
Thesis Statement: Women seeking inclusion into the military should be drafted as a sign of the protection of equal opportunity rights.
Body Paragraph: Misguided Cultural Perceptions
Society has had a misguided conception of gender roles that serves as an impediment to drafting.
The idea of women’s inadequacy in battle situations is often based on ancient assumptions of gender roles. Traditionally, men served as the sole providers and protectors of the community while women nurtured families. Most of the rules and laws developed during that period perpetuated the perception by excluding females from roles that were traditionally reserved for men (Ellen, 2015). Even though women made efforts to enlist in the military, rules in the armed forces kept them away from the battlefield by offering positions such as nursing, cooking, and record keeping (Ellen, 2015).
Generalization of the characteristic nature of women denies skilled females fair opportunities.
Inthe 1970’s when the military was essentially the domain of men, thesociety used concerns such as the possibility of romantic involvementin units, the possibility of pregnancies and the likelihood of menfollowing their instinctual impulses to protect the women duringbattle as its justification for excluding females (Ellen, 2015).However, such perspectives generalized the characteristic nature ofwomen and denied those with inherent skills and competencies to jointhe military for well deserved opportunities
Body Paragraph: Consideration of Merits over prejudice
It is important for officials in charge of the drafting process in the military to consider the merits of individuals rather than operate on pre-existent prejudices.
Oversight of merits on account of prejudice is likely to hinder objectivity in the enrolment process. According to Artemis (2011), the performance of a significant number of women in military academies is a clear indication that females can perform the same, if not better, than men in military related tasks. Overlooking such skills because of cultural prejudices is likely to negate the objectivity necessary in the enrolment process (Artemis, 2011).
Body Paragraph: Changes in Culture and Equal Opportunity Rights
The changes in today’s culture support the inclusion of women in whichever sector they choose to test their skills as part of the new equal opportunities culture.
Meghan (2013) explains that today’s society has adjusted its traditional gender roles to accommodate changes in the economic environment. Provision for the family is no longer the preserve of men and women are essentially excelling in the area. The inclusion of females in roles that are predominantly male has resulted in the development of equal opportunity rights (Meghan, 2013). The changes in roles have resulted in a reconsideration of the argument that women lack proper competencies to join the military.
Counter Argument: Simons, King, & McKay (2014) offer a contrasting argument stating that the inclusion of women in the military is a show of cowardice. The authors support their argument by explaining that there has been an increase in sexual violence within the military owing to the instinctual need for men to prove their dominance over females.
Rebuttal: The inclusion of women within the military creates a way for the individuals to use their skills and for the state to capitalize on the high percentage of females within the society, especially those possessing special skills (Artemis, 2012).
Call to action: The government and military officials should encourage the drafting of women into the military to capitalize on their special skills.
Concluding statement: Equal opportunity rights require the encouragement of females to join the military in the same way as males. Consideration of individual merits over prejudices would enhance objectivity in the drafting process.
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Meghan,M. (2013). On women in battle. Politicsand Government Journals, 43(3)Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-353316472/on-women-in-battle
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