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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Are Women's Lives More Valuable Than Men's?

Tradition and convention value the lives of women as more important than the lives of men. In the famous drama of the sinking of the Titanic, women and children were given priority over men in gaining access to lifeboats.

Today, with women in the US army in combat in Iraq, the question rises again, and is addressed in the article by the NY Times.
But the fact that the Army is successfully using women in this way is likely to lead policymakers to revisit the rule, some analysts say. “It’s that policy that when this war is over is going to have to change, even if we have to keep women out of the infantry per se,” said Lory Manning, a retired Navy captain who is the director for the women-in-the-military project at the Women’s Research and Education Institute, a nonprofit public policy group. “The next door to open is ground combat. That’s the last frontier. A lot of the social conservatives have powerful feelings about training mothers to kill.”