The Basis Of Feminist Criminology

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1. The unequal power between men and women is the basis of feminist criminology. Advocates of feminist criminology claim that the cause of female criminal behavior is due to the unequal amount of wealth, political, economic, and social power. Radical criminologists also support conflict theories, class, and power inequality as causes of crime. They point to research indicating that in the criminal justice system, the poor, minorities, and women are not treated equally. According to feminist criminology, the fact the women are not always treated equally to men is the reason women commit crimes and are criminals. It has been a long journey for women and their equal rights and opportunities. In 1920, women were finally granted the opportunity…show more content…
Three costs and effects of victimization are financial, physical, and psychological harm. The monetary costs are easy to calculate and any property lost or destroyed insurance might replace. The physical effects may result in temporary injuries like a broken leg, arm, or some other type of broken body part. Lifelong injuries and disabilities like burns, spinal cord injuries, and amputations might also be a result of physical effects. Victims of sexual assault may suffer from unwanted pregnancies, the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, depression, flashbacks, substance abuse and self-harm. Feelings of vulnerability, fear, grief, anger, and social shame may take over victims of psychological harm. Post-traumatic stress disorder can also be a result of psychological harm. Physical and psychological harms are impossible to calculate, they may last temporarily or a lifetime. On top of physical and psychological effects, victims may also face more suffering from secondary victimization. Secondary victimization is victimization caused through inappropriate institutions and people like family, the media, and the justice system. For example, people who suffered from sexual assault may be shunned by family, friends, and society in general. They may also make them feel as if the assault was their fault by making them believe that they caused or provoked the attack. Victimization can result in these and many other harms. Whether the victim suffers financial, physical,…show more content…
The lifestyle theory of victimization seems the most accurate in my opinion. As stated in the name, lifestyle is the core of this theory. The routines of everyday activities predict the chances of exposure to high risk situations that can lead to victimization. An example of this concept is the form of transportation people use. If a person were to use a subway to transport to work and back home, they are more prone to victimization than someone who uses bus transportation. While many people use subways as a form of transportation, there are instances when only a couple of people are in sight and with subways being underground it’s more difficult to get help down there immediately than at a bus stop. Bus stops are more open while subway stations are more secluded therefore making victimization more likely. People that go out at night, whether it’s clubbing, partying or just out to eat will more likely be victims of attack than people who stay home at night. Individuals that work the night shift also have a higher chance of being attacked than people who work during the day. A person that lives on the streets will more likely be victimized than someone who has a home or at least somewhere to go. People that walk, especially at night will more likely be attacked than people who drive or use some other form of transportation. According to the textbook CJ 2013, personal victimization is a result of a victim’s high risk behavior patterns and associations. Basically, riskier

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