Dr. Helen

"We do not have any reports of women hurling themselves in front of their boyfriends or anyone else accompanying them."

There is a good piece in the Fathers and Family newsletter (written by a woman) on the heroism of men in the Aurora massacre and how one only gets recognition if they save a woman. Apparently saving a man doesn’t  count to the media:

Slowly we are learning more about the 12 people killed in Aurora, Colorado. For four men, we are also learning how their ultimate sacrifice saved four lives by their using their own bodies to shield their girlfriends, and in one case, a fellow airman.

Yet it seems the heroes most of the media are talking about are three who saved their girlfriends by being human shields: Jonathan Blunk, Matt McQuinn, and Alex Teves.

Someone should have told Air Force Staff Sergeant Jesse Childress to fling himself in front of a woman. It appears there is little valor in — and little to be remembered for — saving a fellow airman.

Why is it that men’s lives are often seen as less important than women’s?  As Warren Farrell points out in his book The Myth of Male Power: men are the disposable sex. Why?