closely linked to conflict theory
do we need a separate feminist criminology and if yes, why?
Amanda Todd committed suicide by hanging herself on October 10, 2012
Before her death, she posted a video using flash cards to explain how she had been relentlessly
bullied and blackmailed
An older male convinced her to show her breasts online and threatened to release them to her
friends if she refused to “give him a show”
Rehteah Persons took her like on April 4 2013
Her mom argued that she committed suicide because of bullying and harassment after a gang rape
by four males
After the rape took place, Rehteah received texts and facebook messages from people calling her
a slut and requesting to have sex with her.
In response to these tragic events, the government of NS passed legislation increasing protection
for victims as well as the ability to sue individuals or the parents in the case of minors
The federal government of Canada is studying the matter in order to produce effective legislation
Such legislation suggests that these crimes took place due to a lack of control or regulation over
That is, the motivation to offend is a given What is problematic about these assumptions?
Is female victimization and perpetration of crime unique?
There will always be people looking for victims
Is female victimization different from males?
Many feminists have argued that we need a new criminology different from
what we have done in the past
Normally the work is done by males in the male perspective
Maybe we need to look at the status of women in society
Came about during the second wave of feminism in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
First wave going into the 20 century
Women able to vote, own property
Second wave broader look
Came to conclusion that we need to combat the way women are depicted in
Share some themes with Marxist criminology:
Distribution of economic and social resources
Differential position of selected groups which has consequences for being labeled as victim or
perpetrator. Feminist Perspectives 2:
Focuses on patriarchy as well as:
Equal education and job opportunities
Contraception and abortion
National day care
End to discrimination against lesbians
Freedom from intimidation of violence and sexual coercion
An end to patriarchy
To create a more egalitarian society
Right now we are in the 3 wave of feminism
Slut walk created cashing
Feminist Perspectives 3:
Daly and ChesneyLind identify five key elements of feminism:
Gender is not a natural fact.not all males are masculine, not all females are
feminine It is a complex, social, histori