Why Women’s Issues Are Men’s Issues Too

By Katie Kieffer

Young professionals. Image copyright Katie Kieffer.

Young professionals. Image copyright Katie Kieffer.

President Obama and Sandra Fluke both call themselves lawyers and “reproductive rights activists” without giving you any indication that they understand the Constitution or basic biology.

I’m not a lawyer, but I understand the Constitution. I’m not a reproductive rights activist, but I aced Biology 101. So I can tell you that Sandra and Barack are wrong when they classify women in combat and contraception as “women’s issues.”

Military combat and contraception coverage are not women’s issues. They are freedom issues and freedom is just as important to men as it is to women.

Liberals love dismissing “freedom issues” as “women’s issues” because then it’s like WNBA games—guys check out.

Women don’t go to war by themselves; women fight alongside men. So the question of whether the government can draft men or women is a “freedom issue,” not a “chromosomal issue.”

When a guy turns 18, he must sign up with the Selective Service. The only purpose of the Selective Service is to prepare for a potential draft.

Currently, women are not required to sign up for the Selective Service, but Congress will likely change that now that the Pentagon lifted its ban on women in combat.

Drafts and the Selective Service violate your First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of association. They also violate the Thirteenth Amendment, by making young people serfs of the government.

Philosopher Ayn Rand writes in the June 1966 edition of The Objectivist newsletter: “Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production. … Just as an individual has the right of self-defense, so has a free country if attacked. But this does not give its government the right to draft men into military service—which is the most blatantly statist violation of a man’s right to his own life. …a volunteer army is the most efficient army, as many military authorities have testified. A free country has never lacked volunteers when attacked by a foreign aggressor.”

Anyone who volunteers for a combat role and meets the qualifications should be able to fight. But we should not violate the freedom of young men or women by forcing them to sign up for the Selective Service. That’s point number one.

Point number two is that forcing employers to cover contraception is also a freedom issue, not a women’s issue. Women don’t impregnate themselves. Plus, Obamacare’s contraception mandate violates both male and female free speech.

Ironically, Obamacare is sexist because it teaches guys to be playboys. Now, if a guy pressures a girl to have sex and she gets pregnant, he’s off the hook because he can say: “Not my problem, you should have been using Obama’s free birth control.”

I think liberals like Fluke are hurting women by pushing a one-sided message of sex that gives young women a false sense of security about jumping into bed with guys who have incurable diseases.

One in four teenage girls has an STD. With so much focus on preventing pregnancy, teenage girls seem to forget about STDs. Birth control doesn’t prevent STDs. Even condoms and HPV vaccines are not 100 percent effective against STDs.

An unwanted pregnancy can end in adoption. But an STD can ruin a woman’s life forever.

Liberals will just say we need more government sex education. But, many types of STDs have increased even as the government has ramped up its prevention efforts. The federal government and politicians like Anthony Weiner have no business in sex education. That’s a role for parents and churches.

My overall point is that, as a conservative, you need to change the dialogue and stop letting the left classify “freedom issues” as “women’s issues.” Because when you allow liberals to define the terms, they win.

The way to promote women is not to compel women to sign up for the Selective Service or force employers to cover birth control. The way to promote women is to defend the Constitution and the freedom that men and women both enjoy.

Additional works referenced for this column: Judge Andrew Napolitano’s book “Theodore and Woodrow,” pages 48, 115-116, 121-122 and “Ron Paul on the Draft” – – 02.12.2009.

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  1. dpriest says:

    Another excellent article. I would also argue that a draft is a violation of the 5th amendment because the government is depriving you of your life (KIA in combat), liberty (You lose your liberty if in the military) and property (you lose your earning power in the private sector) if you are forced to join in a draft. The draft was brought in the last 100 years. The founders would have been horrified by it. Besides, as you stated, a voluntary force is much more effective.

  2. Lodzia says:

    Katie, I saw you at CPAC. You did a great job on that panel discussion.

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