Can we finally rid ourselves of this hypocritical phrase that only still works in patriarchal Muslim societies that oppress women and dote on their diminishingly few children.
Hamas uses it as a propaganda tool, while sending out children in bomb vests to kill Israeli soldiers and employing women as snipers. And the leftist news media happily buys it.
Women, certainly Western women, are long past the fragile flower stage. They no longer need special protection and certainly don’t deserve to be first in any lifeboat. Children under 13, of course, need special care, although Hamas, and other jihadi groups start recruiting them as soon as they can walk and talk.