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Class, Gender, and One Hundred Years After the Titanic

3:35 PM, Apr 14, 2012 • By JEAN KAUFMAN
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It is clear that class was a huge factor in Titanic survival, although it is difficult to know how much of the class differential was deliberate exclusion and how much accidental circumstance. But there is no escaping the conclusion that gender was an even greater factor than class, and that this was deliberate: Many first-class male passengers either elected to die in order that third class female passengers might live, or were forced by the crew to refrain from saving themselves at the expense of those third class women. That’s a different–and more accurate–narrative, although it’s not quite as politically correct. And it’s one that has gotten very little traction over the years.

Jean Kaufman is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.

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