Women and Crime - Scholars

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  • Women and Crime
    • Tuchman (1978)
      • Believes the media trivializes women's actions
      • Only 5% of people in jail are female, but 1/3rd of news stories are on female offenders
        • The media are more interested in female convicts
          • Tuchman (1978)
            • Believes the media trivializes women's actions
            • Only 5% of people in jail are female, but 1/3rd of news stories are on female offenders
              • The media are more interested in female convicts
      • Carlen (1988)
        • Conducted a study on 39 15-46 yo criminals, found the majority were from W/C or U/C backgrounds
        • There are more women in prison for not paying their TV license than for violent crimes
      • Smart (1989) - Innocent Until Proven Guilty
        • Quoted a judge saying: "Women who say no do not always mean no. It is not just a question of how she says it, how she shows it and makes clear. If she does not want it she just has to keep her legs closed"
      • Heidensohn (1996)
        • Courts treat females harshly if they do not fit female ideals
      • Walklate (1995)
        • It is the female victim rather than the male suspect who ends up on trial in rape cases, women have to establish their respectability if their evidence is to be believed
      • Dobash and Dobash (1979)
        • In a study of domestic violence, they found that police officers were very unlikely to make an arrest in cases of domestic violence
      • McRobbie (1978)
        • Believes teenaged girls were less likely to commit crime because they were more likely to spend time in their bedrooms rather than go out, therefore they have no opportunity to commit crime

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