Women and Children? .. Puh-leese! … November 3, 2014

“Women and Children first” is the cry often heard. The example cited is usually that of the Titanic.

A recent example of this gynocentric point of view is the “save the girls” plea about the kidnapped Africans. This occurred shortly after the slaughter of innocent boys in the same area about which there was never a mention in the western media.

Among populations there are many innocents. Men can be innocent also. Women can be non-innocents. Even if not actually involved in combat, women can serve as a support for combatants. At that point they are no longer innocent.

The stance that women and children are a priority must change. Women must not be given value that exceeds the value of men. If women actually desire equality they will agree with this point of view.

As a result of these events, and this reasoning, I will personally not answer any call that pleads “Women and children first” or “Save and protect the women and children”. I will only answer the call if the phrase is corrected to “Save (or protect) the innocent men, women, and children.”  If engaged in a noble defense, even the defenders are innocent and should be respected as such.

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2 Responses to Women and Children? .. Puh-leese! … November 3, 2014

  1. dpmonahan says:

    You will be pleased to learn that chivalry is not universal. A friend of mine who did humanitarian work in Papua New Guinea told me that in disaster situations there (usually escaping a flooded village during rainy season) the pecking order is men first, then pigs, women and children last. It makes Darwinian sense: since pigs are the local currency, the more pigs you have, the more wives you can get, and the more children you can produce. Losing a few women or children in the short term does not make much of a difference if you have your pigs.
    Anyway, the logic of chivalry is that men are bigger, stronger and faster, and therefore more able to look after themselves in an emergency. If women and children are to be given equal chance of survival, they must be given preference in a situation where brute strength is required.

  2. drenn1077 says:

    I consider it a sad state of events that chivalry is on the decline. However, women want equality. Equality means sharing the burden in all things.
    I would much rather have the traditional lifestyle, but if there are no “perks” for putting your life on the line, then why the hell do it.
    Due to the continued devaluation of men a great majority, mostly women, think that men are a disposable quantity. Until men reach a value to the public equivalent to women, or the value of females becomes more in line with reality, then… well … you get my drift.
    There was a time when it was a priority to preserve the women, population needed increasing. Now there are so many people that the value of a single female has declined and their lives no longer exceed men’s in value. Let them be conscripted, let them fight and die, let them carry an equal burden.

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