Drafting Women: Long-term Cultural Consequences

Lost in the latest egalitarian nonsense about drafting women to serve in the military are two concerns I have about the long-term impact on us as a culture.


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Aside from the scientific arguments about weakening our fighting force, valid though they are, and the complete collapse of principles by so many on what used to be the ideological right, two glaring concerns remain with drafting women to serve in the military:

  1. Our society needs mothers who are not trained killers. Men and women are different, not just anatomically (in spite of the the confusion recently), but in terms of how we are hard-wired within. Women are naturally better at nurturing. Not that men can’t or that some women aren’t. But to use a crude analogy: women are better wired to be teacups. Men are better wired to be chainsaws. Each excels at different things and performs best in different ways. Try sipping tea with a chainsaw and your teeth will pay a high price. Try cutting down a tree with a teacup. You get the idea. It’s a basic analogy that, like all analogies is flawed. But men and women are different, though neither is inferior. Our society needs mothers to nurture future generations without having to cope with flashbacks from the horrors of a war they were forced to fight. Frommys can never be as good as mommies. We need mothers who have not been required to become trained killers to nurture our children because they do it best.
  2. We need women to make babies. It’s the biology, stupid. We need to reproduce, something we are only barely doing now at replacement levels. If we force our future mothers to serve in the military, many of them will die. Once they die, they cannot have children. That’s how life works. By drafting our daughters, we are necessarily decreasing the number of females who can reproduce.  When major wars come—and history assures us they will come—how many will we lose? Unlike men, women can only reproduce so quickly. That’s basic biology. Imagine if women had been drafted during World War II. Instead of nearly 400,000 male casualties, we might well have had 200,000 female casualties. Bye, bye, baby boomers. Combine that with our culture’s increasing disdain for having children over the last 40 years and the rise of the horror of abortion, and we might very well be in an unsustainable place as a culture. As it is, we are nearly there now.

Before we rush into coercing our daughters to become trained killers, maybe we should think through where this madness will leave us—not in the next election cycle, but a generation or two down the road.

Long after the self-serving politicians are gone.

About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and speaker who empowers people to live an authentic life with abundant faith. A former pastor, Christian school leader, and master teacher, he is the founder of FaithWalkers (Faithwalkers.com) where he equips Christians to live an authentic life and a blogger on faith and cultural issues at Patheos and TheResurgent.com. He is the author of several books including A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life, What God Wants You to Do Next, The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, and multiple collaborative books including his latest with co-author Erick Erickson — You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe (Regnery, February 22, 2016).
In addition to his own writing and speaking, Bill helps other people and organizations tell their own story in effective ways. He comes alongside authors as a collaborative writer, handcrafts engaging materials as a content creator, and creates an effective brand strategy as a platform developer with his team of creatives and digital technicians. (BillintheBlank.com)