this isn’t a surprise at all
This story is a favorite of men’s rights activists who hold it up as evidence that women have always had it better. SURPRISE, it’s not based in reality.
See also: http://fuckyeahgenderstudies.tumblr.com/post/10725251579/fun-fact-about-plane-crashes
A 1970 Civil Aeromedical Institute study of three plane crashes involving emergency evacuations found that the most prominent factor influencing survival was gender. Men were by far the most likely to get out alive.
Note that gender was a bigger factor in influencing survival than proximity to emergency exits was. I.e. it looks like the men pushed everyone else out of the way.
See also Roach, Mary. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. London: Penguin, 2003. 125.
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