August 25, was Women’s Equality Day. On that day in 1920, women finally won the right to vote in the United States. That’s right – the US has only been a democracy for 94 years. Some would argue it’s still not.
“Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country without the requirement of consignment, making the right a privilege greater than that granted to men; who were only given the right to vote under the obligation of the draft.”
Wow. That’s obviously the work of a tireless Men’s Rights Activist, activating for the rights of men. Note that there is no citation – It doesn’t appear to have any basis in reality, but that has hardly stopped them in the past.
The right to vote has nothing to do with consignment, which of course is the requirement of all men to turn over their old suits and ties to small shops which then sell them, giving a portion of the sale back to the donor.
Nor does the right to vote have anything to do with conscription, which is the requirement to register for military service in case of national emergency. Though the draft is technically still in place in the US, no one actually signs up for it anymore (EDIT: my mistake. Compliance is about 87% nationwide. Thanks Ryan) and no one has been prosecuted for not signing up for it since 1986.
The US draft began in 1861 at the start of the Civil War. This of course was nearly 100 years after men first started voting in the US. Originally the only voters were primarily wealthy white landowning men, but as the years progressed each one of those adjectives was forcibly removed from the requirements by marginalized people. But even at the start of the draft, there was no law prohibiting elderly and infirm men from voting because they were unable to serve in the military. All wealthy white landowning men got to vote, period.
So not only did men vote prior to the draft existing, but in the 1970s during the Vietnam War, people protested the fact that the draft age was 18 but the voting age was 21. In other words, men weren’t able to vote because they went to war – men were going to war who had no ability to vote and hence change their fate.
There we have it, another act of men’s rights activism debunked by an evil feminazi. For the record, I’m 100% against the nonexistent draft, and I’d be happier if it were struck down once and for all because no person, man or woman, should be forced by their government to participate in war. At the same time, I fully support the women who have campaigned tirelessly to be allowed to go to war on the front lines with men. Prohibiting women from the military is sexism, plain and simple.
And finally, I 100% support consignment. Personally I think it’s too much work and so I just donate my clothes to the AmVets down the street, but if you need a little extra cash then it’s a great option that should be made available to both men and women.