Outline and assess feminist explanations of crime and deviance. Feminist views toward crime and deviance usually challenge the theories, concepts, methods and assumptions of most of the people already involved in the study of crime. They believe that in most condition men dominate the subject of crime and validate more on the male subject. Feminist essentially outline that most crime is caused by men as they appear to offend six or seven times more than a women and through figures such as self-report studies men are still the majority. Crime and deviance is an issue in society however due to women being socially controlled within the patriarchal society it means they are less like to commit crime and therefore have a lower rate.
vii) Male serial killers are often the ones who use violence in their murders. (1) For example shooting or stabbing viii) Women tend to use less violent ways of killing. (2) For example poisoning or asphyxia (3) Expert say this can be linked to the fact that women are predisposed to be more nurturing and caring so it would be harder for them to kill in violent ways. g) They choose victims who are easy to kill. ix) Women will often target someone weaker then them (4) For example a child in their care, or someone elderly.
It is not difficult to conjure up an image of the archetypical female inmate. Female prisoners are usually of low socioeconomic standing and have long been marginalized from mainstream society through denied access to educational and employment opportunities. Proponents of increasingly punitive adjudication of female offenders cite a growing belief that American women are becoming more violent than their predecessors are. The notion that women are becoming more predatory, conversely, has only been furthered by the sensationalistic media coverage of the scattered heinous crimes perpetrated by women. Despite the void of sensationalistic media coverage reporting domestic violence in this country, it is a present and growing problem.
In other parts of the world sexism is more prominent because males have dominant roles over women and therefore look down upon them. Not only is there sexism, but there is ambivalent sexism which is defined as sexism directed against women based on both positive and negative attitudes (hostility and benevolence) rather than uniform dislike. To better understand ambivalent sexism I took a test that would rate my hostile and ambivalent sexism. The Ambivalent sexism inventory measure how sexist you are towards men and women. My scores from this test were quite surprising to me.
In this essay I will explore the fundamental reasons why there is a significant difference between crime rates concerning men and women and I will also give reasons why men seem to commit more crimes on the surface and why women seem to commit less crime. I will base my Sociological concepts on Heidensohn but I will also use ideas from Pollack, Adler, Smart etc. The official crime statistics show how recorded crime tends to be a predominantly ‘masculine activity’. One explanation as to why there was a significant difference in patterns of crime concerning gender could be because Sociologists tended to focus on male criminality. Heidensohn (1985) said that female crime was either overlooked or ignored by sociologists or sociologists would merely assume stereotypical ideas on females regarding their criminal activity, for example, they would be too busy cooking and cleaning to have time to take part in crime, whereas men are stereotypically the bread-winners which means they are out in public more and so would have more opportunity to commit crime than women.
Introduction Men and women have not shared equal rights as citizens in this country since the beginning of time. Over the past seventy years, women have taken steps to equalize the rights between men and women. Women have also increased their rate of incarceration rate over this time, could it have to do with inequality? But why are prison and incarceration rates still unequal between the two genders? What is causing this injustice in our criminal systems?
The issue of sex offenders is one of the most complexes to be found within the law enforcement community. Very few criminal demographics evoke the same amount of rage and disgust as sex offenders, and that fact combined with their traditionally sky high recidivism rate puts sex offenders in a criminal category all their own. It is clear that sex offenders need to be dealt with in a way that is very different from other forms of criminals. Some authorities have even publicly voiced the idea of sterilizing sex offenders. With radical ideas such as this floating around and even gaining traction, it is clear that more research needs to be done regarding sex offenders specifically to figure out a way to limit the crime as much
According to Schneider, homicide is highly gendered. When we look across time and space, at preliterate peoples and at modern ones, at developing countries and developed ones, we see men commit approximately ninety percent of all homicides. The only differences in these homicides may be the groups of men as well as the different societies and social context. This helps psychologist understand the reason why the rate increases. The inability to form families also plays a factor in the crime increase.
As Anderson points out, most street families appear on the surface to be decent families. (Anderson, p. 157) The appearance of having “calm, respectful children” is often what the mother wants most, more than happy children. (Anderson, p. 157) Her desire for such a family is often so strong that she is “quick to beat her children…if they defy her law.” (Anderson, p. 157) Anderson concludes that this abusive behavior is often perceived as acceptable behavior within the inner-citinner city the disapproval from the wider society as a whole. (Anderson, p. 157) When Anderson proclaims that these street moms, who
Moreover, there still remains the stereotype that women cannot escape the abusive relationship because of financial fears and family obligations. While this only shows half of the picture, it does not show the whole image of the problem. Some people argue that domestic violence is not a gender problem, but a humanity one. However, as we see in everyday life, domestic violence as shown on television concentrates on the female victim and the public’s hate is directed at the perpetrator who is the male. This public view on domestic violence is influenced by the media.