"Women and children first" was a nineteenth and early twentieth century social maxim directed mainly at white imperial men. It held that chivalric men should die before they allowed a woman or child to meet a tragic end. However, it is debatable whether this still holds true or if it's now "every man for himself".

Personally, I see no problem with the practice and I think it's sad to see it falling out of favor. All you have to do is remember John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

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