Titanic (1912) vs Costa Concordia (2012)



Survivors from the Costa Concordia spoke angrily yesterday of the nightmare evacuation from the stricken ship as women and children were left behind. In the terrifying moments after the giant vessel began to list, fights even broke out to get into the lifeboats. Men refused to prioritise women, expectant mothers and children as they pushed themselves forward to escape. Crew ignored their passengers – leaving ‘chefs and waiters’ to help out.

In heart-rending footage, recorded on mobile phones, British children could be heard shouting ‘Daddy’ and ‘Mummy’ in the melee. As she waited for a flight home from Rome, grandmother Sandra Rogers, 62, told the Daily Mail: ‘There was no “women and children first” policy. There were big men, crew members, pushing their way past us to get into the lifeboats. It was disgusting.’

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About Patrick

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  • I find the lack of civility and the prioritization of women and children first utterly disdainful.

    However, I cannot help but wonder what impact the changing dynamics has had on how people react in an emergency.  Having been chastized for holding doors for women (“I can open my own door”) and told repeatedly that women can do anything that men can and should be treated no differently leads me to wonder – did these attitudes contribute to the unacceptable behavior on the Costa Concordia?

  • wife didn’t even ask me, she guessed right…..I would be kicking the everliving shit out of any man that tried to get ahead of the women and children.

    As she knows…in ANY situation….stay behind me and don’t get involved unless I’m dead.  Male chivalry may have taken a hit over the last 40 years, but it ain’t dead.