In certain cases like Amy Fisher, Loren Bobbit and most recently Louise Woodward the media celebrate the violence of women. If it had been a man who shot his lovers mate in the head or slashed and dismembered their spouse or shook a baby to death things would be different. The media would not give as in depth of coverage to the trial and sentencing would be of a longer time. The media escalates these women to such extremes due to the fact that there are so few women who are tried for criminally violent acts. Society tends to be more sympathetic to women who commit violent crimes than men.
Women in these areas might not have the social support such as women’s shelters to go to in these abusive relationships, leaving these women with the idea that homicide is the only option (Diem & Pizarro, 2010). It is seen that these women can also lack support from friends or family as well, whether they live in socially disadvantaged areas or not (Diem & Pizarro, 2010). In these cases the women have a hard time leaving their abusive relationship. When these cases are in court, social factors that aid in leaving the situation have typically undermined a defendant’s case. However, if more can be done to show how these women lacked these social structures both inside and outside the courtroom, there could be continued improvement both for their case and how society views these
The mindset of helplessness comes from the thought of the government not taking their side, or sending the abused victim to jail for their actions of self defense or protection. Many women plead guilty to manslaughter instead of going to trial. They will most likely not stand a chance of acquittal. Once the abuser has been killed, the victim can finally have some kind of peace, yet she has to deal with the trial process. This can be stressful, not including the fact that she has just killed a person she once loved, for doing something she could have never fathomed him doing.
In general, women tend to be treated like fragile objects that could break at any moment; the truth is that women can behave like men. Society stereotypes women; and, the criminal justice system is no different. When it comes to the stereotyping of women in the criminal justice system, society presents women who are indeed capable of committing such crimes as victims because by doing do they can achieve a lesser sentence or if necessary a longer sentence that will protect them from any harm. Throughout history, certain crimes have been separated into different categories based on their prevalence. For every crime, the offense and charges are different.
Most criminals would think twice before committing murder if they knew their own lives were at stake. Use of the death penalty as intended by law could actually reduce the number of violent murders by eliminating some of the repeat offenders. The death penalty has always been and continues to be a very controversial issue. People on both sides of the issue argue endlessly to gain further support for their movements. While opponents of capital punishment are quick to point out that the United States remains one of the few Western countries that continue to support the death penalty.
Besides women, some men probably felt responsible for how women were treated and all of this happened was due to men feeling superior to women. Voltaire uses the idea of rape being virtuous, so more people are aware of how serious rape is. Women being raped multiple times makes you think that women are blinded by how they are treated instead of actually realizing what the real problem is. Without a
However, the difference in female victim reports and male victim reports could be because men would likely be more hesitant to report abuse due to social implications that a man being abused by a woman signifies cowardice or weakness (Rempel). Not everyone believes this implication, though. There are some that even believe that women are more responsible for domestic violence than men. Carey Roberts believes that, “There is an epidemic of women who pummel their husbands and boyfriends.” He mentions Amy Winehouse admitting that she beats her husband when she gets drunk. There is even a website where women sign up and brag about beating up men and enjoying it (Roberts).
There have been many stories in the past stating that innocent people have lost their life because of the death penalty. Mistakes happen and false rulings may be made, but the life of another person will still be taken away. Human beings run the judicial system and all human beings are subject to making mistakes. “The best way to ensure the protection of innocents is to replace the death penalty with the sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole” (Williams 5). Some people wouldn’t agree with life without parole because it’s still giving the murder a gift to stay alive.
Barstow moves on to point out through the text that these Women were victims of Misogyny due to the definition of Witchcraft being so broad and actually fitting the descriptions of the lives of many women. The patriarchal society of Europe at the time also bound women to lives of a lesser class if they were not living under the protection of men. Women were also seen as sex objects, and were seen as a threat to men who viewed women as untrustworthy and whorish. The findings of her research and views led Barstow to find that women were more likely to be accused and put to death for Witchcraft than men, as they were seen as minors before the courts and could not hold high positions but, they could be accused before the court for the heinous act of Witchery. Women were blamed for every malfunction of their reproductive systems, including stillbirth and were also blamed for preventing conception.
Women are more fearful of the repercussions of disclosing their status to their partner because a wide proportion of women infected with HIV tend to be in already abusive relationships (Comer et. al 200). Disclosure of an HIV status affects both men and women mentally, but women do face harder conflicts in their relationships to partners or spouses (Geary et. al 2014). These conflicts are experienced more for women because generally, they are blamed for having contracted this disease, while heterosexual men that face this conflict with their partner tend to be forgiven more by their female partner.