Feminist approaches to crime and deviance

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1. What is malestream criminology and which feminist said it?

  • Cain - Criminology overfocusing on male offending at the expense of female offending
  • Heidensohn - Criminology overfocusing on male offending at the expense of female offending
  • Dworkin - Criminology overfocusing on male offending at the expense of female offending
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2. What is the evaluation of Dworkin?

  • Views can be seen as extreme & controversial, many less radical feminists would not identify sexual relationships between men and women as being inevitably patriarchal
  • Views can be seen as extreme & controversial, many less radical feminists would not identify sexual relationships between men and women as being inevitably matriarchal
  • Views can be seen as traditional & unchallenging, many less radical feminists would identify sexual relationships between men and women as being inevitably patriarchal

3. What is Liberal feminism?

  • Stress on the position of men and women in general and with reference to crime, can only be understood by locating males and females within context of society divided by sexism and capitalism
  • Based on bringing women into agenda by showing how have been ignored, then greater understanding of female deviance, new theories for both genders
  • Only way to understand crime is through female perspective, research should assume all men prepared to commit crimes against women if given the chance, women make own theories to explain c&d that include threat from men

4. What is the gender ratio of offenders?

  • 50% male 50% female
  • 80% male, 20% female
  • 80% female, 20% male

5. What is Marxism feminism?

  • Only way to understand crime is through female perspective, research should assume all men prepared to commit crimes against women if given the chance, women make own theories to explain c&d that include threat from men
  • Stress on the position of men and women in general and with reference to crime, can only be understood by locating males and females within context of society divided by sexism and capitalism
  • Based on bringing women into agenda by showing how have been ignored, then greater understanding of female deviance, new theories for both genders

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