Today one of our Australian government representatives was defending the sending of undocumented immigrants arriving by boat in Australian waters to small pacific islands for processing. Australia has had these island camps operating for a number of years, and how ethical or legal they are is continually a point of contention. But the nature of immigration is not what I intend this thread to be about. Our government representative was defending the decision to send people there by saying that women and children won't be sent. That this somehow made the situation more palatable to the public..... So PRSI what I was interested in is why women and children first is somehow a motto society holds dear. Is it purely chivalry? Is it macho bravery? Are women and children more vulnerable (is this patronising to women)? Is it that children have a long life ahead of them and therefore have more intrinsic value? Is it that women can give birth and therefore have more intrinsic value? Does the nature of the situation that the group of individuals is in change whether women and children should be chosen first? Is there a difference between the sexes in how they view this?