women and children.pdf - \u201cWOMEN AND CHILDREN \u201d STILL You\u2019re on the Titanic II It has just hit an iceberg and is sinking And as last time there are

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“WOMEN AND CHILDREN. ” STILL? You’re on the Titanic II. It has just hit an iceberg and is sinking. And, as last time, there are not enough lifeboats. The captain shouts, “Women and children first!” But this time, another voice is heard: “Why women?” Why, indeed? Part of the charm of the cosmically successful movie Titanic is the period costume, period extravagance, period class prejudice. An audience can enjoy these at a distance. Oddly, however, of all the period mores in the ɹ lm, the old maritime tradition of “women and children ɹrst” enjoys total acceptance by modern audiences. Listen to the booing and hissing at the on-screen heavies who try to sneak on with or ahead of the ladies. But is not grouping women with children a raging anachronism? Should not any self-respecting modern person, let alone feminist, object to it as patronizing and demeaning to women? Yet its usage is as common today as it was in 1912. Consider these examples taken almost at random from recent newspapers: Dateline Mex ico: “Members of a paramilitary group gunned down the Indians, most of them women and children.” Dateline Burundi: “As many as 200 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed.” Dateline Croatia: “Kupreskic was named in an open indictment … for

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