Have you ever wondered why women get charged with convicted crimes and men get off the hook with a slap on the wrist? Well, you can stop wondering because there are actually statistics on this subject. This research paper will not only be answering this question, but also giving the statistics and reason behind men versus women getting charged of violent and convicted crimes. The rate of women’s conviction is on the rise (Van Wormer, Bartollas). The increase of incarceration is outdoing the conviction of the men (Van Wormer, Bartollas).
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.
This is excellently shown in books written by Freda Adler and Rita Simon as they generally state that once female emancipation became a large part of society, it allowed for women to create many opportunities for themselves that made them just as likely to be subject to crime as men. It was also predicted that men and women would ultimately be treated equally within the criminal justice system based on this fact. However history shows that men and women commit different crimes allowing for them to receive different punishments in regards to those crimes. Often when a man commits theft he is seen as greedy; however, when a women commits theft she is seen as needy. This allows sentencing to follow many different variables based on the interpretation of the crime and the criminal.
Women have such a different appearance then men, a woman aren’t as aggressive as a man would be. There are many cases that happen around the world that result of women getting a slighter chance of the death row. In the many cases women usually are involved in the killings of their family members, or very close loved ones. Although women are less aggressive as men, women should receive the same the same punishment as men. Men also come from aggressive backgrounds.
Women didn't have that many choices in order for them to gain power in life. They could become the mistress of a powerful and rich man or marry into a good family. Because of that, women were treated in a disrespectful way that led to rape, which Voltaire tries to emphasize the importance of their role. He uses this idea to grab people's attention so they would be well aware of how serious rape is. If Voltaire was capitalizing and reinforcing sexism, then those who were raped wouldn’t be telling each other their stories on how they were raped.
Feminist criminology is the study of crime in terms of gender for example why men commit more crime than women, why women do more petty crimes, like shop lifting, than violent crime, sexism in the court system, and female victimization. Feminist criminology contains many branches. Liberal, radical, Marxist, and socialist feminism are widely recognized, although other "strands" exist such as postmodernism and ecofeminism. Most feminist criminology involves critiques about how women offenders have been ignored, distorted, or stereotyped within traditional criminology, but there is no shortage of separate theories and modifications of existing theories. While all feminist theorists share a common focus on gender inequality, there are differing views on the source of the problem and the ultimate solution.
The acceptance that the court system often treats female offenders differently than male offenders is an accurate statement; however, it comes with many caveats. Generally, the public views women as nurturers, motherly and incapable of harming a child. Research indicates that female sex offenders capable of committing such acts have serious psychiatric and psychological problems. In comparison, research indicates male sex offenders are more callous, more antisocial, and promiscuous, involved in the criminal justice system, and have more victims (Miccio-Fenseca, 2012, slide 7). The consensus is that men commit their acts for sexual pleasure while women commit their acts due to psychiatric and psychological problems.
Do they feel sorry for her? Or is it because of the image that women are weaker so they cannot construct a whole plan to committee such a violent and horrific crime? Regardless of the reasoning behind it, it is still no secret that a female offender are rarely put on death row and the women who are, more often then not, are on death row for killing someone in their immediate family. Capital Punishment is known to have been around since the Eighteenth Century B.C. The first known community that utilized the death pentality is said to be King Hammaurabi.
When it comes to the stereotyping of women in the criminal justice system one could say that women present themselves as victims to reach a lesser sentence or that by presenting themselves as victims they will have a longer sentence that will protect them. Statistical evidence has shown that women do in fact receive lesser and longer sentences when they are convicted of the similar crimes as men; such as drug related crimes (Coughenour, 1995). Criminologists provide different theories that explain the differences between male and female treatment in the criminal justice system. Once of the known theories that are express by the male counterpart that make up the criminal justice system is ‘chivalry’. By definition, ‘chivalry’ is the protection of women.
Both Law and Order episodes reinforced the stereotype of male aggression and that women are victims of sex crimes. Both episodes did show the strength of female victims of sex crimes but still overly sexualized them as objects due to the types of books they published and because they were impoverished or considered low class. In terms of power-positions, men and women were represented relatively evenly in both shows.