Supreme Court justices could decide as early as this week whether or not they’ll take up a case challenging the men-only military draft.
According to CNN, the challenge to the draft is being leveled by the National Coalition for Men, a group that describes itself as raising “awareness about the ways sex discrimination affects men and boys.” “Military conscription” is listed among the organization’s core issues, which include “anti-male media bias,” “false accusations,” “the housework myth,” and the pay gap. So, yes, this is a men’s rights activist group, with everything that entails.
“No gender oppression is comparable in magnitude to the deaths of males in war, which includes forced conscription,” reads a page on the group’s site.
Nonetheless, the coalition is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, whose lawyers are arguing that the single-gender military draft amounts to sex discrimination. Ria Tabacco Mar, the director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, acknowledged some of the seeming contradictions in this in a January blog.