A Legal Adult

So, I was posting the essay I wrote a month ago on my blog, and just sorta poking around, as I have not spent much time on my blog lately. As I was browsing, I realized that the lil’ green text under “The Right Perspective” is no longer accurate, since I am now eighteen years old. I went to change this mistake, but as I did, I began thinking about how this would make a great topic for another post. So, briefly, while I have a bit of time to kill, I want to share with you, my loyal readers, a little bit about what it means to be an eighteen year old white male in the United States.

On the one hand, being a legal adult comes with many privileges. For the first time in my life, I can actually go use the internet at the local library without having to have my parents’ permission. I could go to an “R” rated movie without permission if I wanted to, and I could get a driver’s license without going to classes (if I didn’t already have one). I could legally move out on my own, go into a bar, or buy cigarettes if I were so inclined.

But at the same time, being eighteen comes with a lot of responsibility. I am a legally responsible individual, and if I commit a crime, it will go on my permanent record. I’m also legally responsible for anything I sign.

Now, so far, this is all well and good. I don’t have any complaints about the responsibilities, and while I don’t think I’ll really use any of my new privileges, it’s nice to know that I have them. So far, so good. But then comes the problem. As a male, I am required to register for the draft. Which is okay… I’m all for serving the country if we are at war. But what irks me to no end is that since I am under 21, I’m not allowed to buy liquor, or carry a concealed handgun. I have all the responsibilities of an adult… I, and every other male between 18 and 21 like me, SHOULD have the right to buy alcohol and carry a concealed weapon. After all… if we can be trusted to march through Afghanistan with machine guns, shouldn’t we ALSO be trusted to be responsible enough to not drink and drive, or carry a concealed handgun? The system is ridiculously imbalanced against young male adults.

There’s another thing about the draft. Women aren’t required to register for it. Which is okay, in my opinion… women should not be forced to serve in the military. But now I’m gonna say something which may offend a lot of people out there: If women can’t be drafted, they shouldn’t be allowed to serve in the military at all. And here’s why I say that. Serving in the military is a privilege and an honor. And for men, the privilege of getting to serve in the military comes with a responsibility: men who DON’T want to serve in the military may end up being FORCED to serve in the military, instead of pursuing the career they want. Women, on the other hand, have no such responsibility. A woman may, if she wants, serve in the military. But she will never be FORCED to. So, women will always get to do whatever they want, while men will not. Again, this is unbalanced and unfair to all the young men in our country who are being unfairly discriminated against.

Of course, this is just one of the many ways that men are discriminated against in our culture. Crack a joke about a Hispanic, and you’ll be called a racist. But you can get away with saying that white men are all stupid, irresponsible idiots, without anyone really caring or getting upset one way or another. A white male can be denied employment in favor of a Pacific Islander with an identical resume, just because he is white. And a white male can be excluded from scholarships and other educational opportunities that an American Indian woman gets to take advantage of. Everywhere you look in society, the white male is discriminated against. But of course, no one can do anything about it, since if they tried to, they’d get accused of being racist. So, for the time being at least, it seems that white men are doomed to get discriminated against and made fun of, while being told to shut up, go to work, be honest citizens and pay taxes to help fund government scholarships for poor, underprivileged minorities. So much for liberty.

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