Why do People say ‘women and children’?

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YourClassLiberal
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For example, some politicians after attacks/incidents say ‘people were killed, women...children’. Why say that? Why not just stop at people? Is that meant to make us connect more to the event?

Just one example, but you guys will have heard it before
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because women and children were traditionally seen as more vulnerable and so it is meant to provoke more outrage
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If you think about it, saying just women and children instead of all people is another way of marking women as fragile and weaker, yet another form of sexism.
So it’s not all bad
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That’s what they said in titanic. Would have thought society had moved on over the last 108 years....
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If you think about it, saying just women and children instead of all people is another way of marking women as fragile and weaker, yet another form of sexism.
So it’s not all bad
Surely it’s more sexism towards men because they are basically being told that their lives don’t mean as much as women’s
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I don't really think people say it anymore
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I don't really think people say it anymore
Nice to know that society has moved on since the sinking of titanic..
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(Original post by YourClassLiberal)
Surely it’s more sexism towards men because they are basically being told that their lives don’t mean as much as women’s
I suppose it could be, but another way of looking at it is that society has this association with women and being desirable and fragile and men as strong and “heroic”.
It’s definitely offensive to everyone, and everyone should be equally covered really.
By saying women and children, it maintains the stereotypes of both women and men. So yeah it is quite counterproductive
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