Edited: 4/20/2013 11:13:51 PM PermalinkThere is a difference between expectation and what ends up happening despite expectations. Men have always been expected to ensure the survival of women and children before their own survival in hazardous situations; if they still end up surviving anyway, it certainly doesn't disprove that this is an expectation that society has of them, it only proves that they survive in such situations easier, probably due to their inherent strength and temperature regulation advantages over the others.
[quote]We went through a list of over 100 major maritime disasters spanning three centuries to see if we could find data on survival rates of men and women. We ended up with data on 18 shipwrecks, involving 15,000 passengers. In contrast to the Titanic, we found that the survival rate for men is basically double that for women. We only have data on children for a limited number of shipwrecks, but it is evident that they have really bad survival prospects: just 15 per cent.[/quote] [url=http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/shipwrecked-women-and-children-first]Other interesting reading on the subject[/url] Just though you all should know.