Originally posted by AFH
Women have rights just like men. I could care less if "other" cultures don't look at "women's rights" the way we do. So friggin' what? How about treating someone like a human the way you would want to be treated. Oh, but I forgot, you must be cultured to treat a woman as though she is your servant. After all, the cavemen were some of the most civilized humans to ever walk the earth.
Now back to our regular scheduled program.
Ok your point is valid, but the reason we think the way we do is because we have developed or learned to operate under time to this philosophy - as a result it's a pretty easy conclusion for you or me to draw. I mean you say so friggin what, but it's not that easy when you've been taught a certain way since birth. The "Golden Rule" is great and all because our kindergarden walls are plastered with it, but you go across a border and you're likely to get blank stares when you bring this up.
It's just as natural for them to point at you and say you are wrong as it is for you to point to them and say it - I don't think one can really understand culture without recognizing this.
REgardless - we're really getting into a off-topic discussion about Western cultures which is out of place, but your post almost sounds as if you expect any different cultures to suddenly adopt a Western culture in a plane crash - pretty unrealistic if you ask me.
Like I said earlier - I think it's an excellent asset to the story and really increases the overall character depth. This couple has cultural, language, and from the actions of the female even personal barriers to move beyond resulting from this situation. I think these two characters put the "realism" of a plane crash into perspective more than the dead bodies and blood that's just like we've seen in every other movie. Like I said - a ton of depth there without any special effects or actions.
I love it.