The tragedy of the sunken cruise ship has got jaded newspaper hacks churning out even more crap than usual, and a lot of it is about how -- horrors! -- "women and children" were not evacuated first.
Oh, what to make of these dreaded modern men!
The fact is, chivalry does not comport with modern notions of gender equality, and no rational person thinks otherwise. In my personal experience, the most chivalrous men -- the ones who put women on the proverbial pedestal -- are usually not especially eager to treat women as equals in the business world, or anywhere else.
Here's an example of a very chivalrous man: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/women_children_last_9mdEh6P9nXC6E5DQw7w8HK
In contrast, here's someone who knows what the hell he's talking about -- an evacuation specialist: "I think the priority would be that you would help people who appear to need help. Children obviously need help. But helping women is not necessary. Women don't need help just because they are women. It's more important to identify the people who need help. That's important and that's what people tend to do." http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/jan/16/costa-concordia-women?newsfeed=true
The expert pretty much says what I said yesterday: http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/2012/01/when-ship-sinks-why-not-people-in-need.html