When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence

When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence

When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence ➫ [Ebook] ➦ When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence By Patricia Pearson ➶ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Our culture argues award winning journalist Patricia Pearson is in denial of women's innate capacity for aggression We deny that women batter their husbands We forget that the statistics prove that ch Our culture argues award winning journalist Was Bad: PDF/EPUB ¼ Patricia Pearson is in denial of women's innate capacity for aggression We deny that women batter their husbands We forget that the statistics prove that children in America are abused mostly by women We ignore the percent increase in crime by women during a period in which most crime statistics are dropping Instead we transform female violence into victimhood by citing PMS battered wife syndrome postpartum When She MOBI :Ú depression as the sources of women's actions When She Was Bad tells the stories of such women as Karla Homolka who raped and killed three women including her own sister then blamed it on battered wife syndrome; Dorothea Puente who murdered several elderly tenants in her boardinghouse before attracting any attention; and Marti Salas Tarin an ex con who runs a halfway house for women just out of prison Pearson weaves these and other She Was Bad: eBook ☆ stories with the results of research by criminologists anthropologists and psychiatrists to examine the facts of women's violence and to demolish the myth of female innocence.


10 thoughts on “When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence

  1. Peppermintlisa Peppermintlisa says:

    This was a great book to read That said when I read it I guess I had a stronger stomach There is one case in it involving sexual violence against a woman that still haunts me The book's gist that women are just as capable of violence as men and that the myth of innocence sometimes keeps women from being apprehended or even being conceived of as killers etc


  2. Kirsty Kirsty says:

    This made for very uncomfortable reading at times It taught me a lot of things that I didn't want to accept which is good as sometimes we all need to be challenged


  3. Ariel [She Wants the Diction] Ariel [She Wants the Diction] says:

    This book stands in direct opposition to John E Douglas's assertion in his 1995 book Mindhunter Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit that there are no female serial killers Women do not kill in the same way or anywhere remotely near the numbers men doThus I came straight here for information The fact is women do kill but in ways that aren't necessarily labelled as serial killing Women are much likely to commit violence indirectly and the women who do kill will lean towards infanticide Munchausen by proxy and killing in groups or in assistance of a romantic partner Solo female killers tend to remain in the same place with a smaller hunting ground of victims that come to them rather than actively seeking them out as men doThat's all good information but the major problem I had with this book was its disparaging tone towards feminism The author basically states that many of these violent women were getting off unjustly on the battered woman defense when in reality they made a conscious decision to kill and were only playing the innocent victim in court when it suited them She insists that because of deeply ingrained cultural stereotypes about women being sweet loving and nurturing at heart these psychopaths were often not caught in a timely manner were released early or not punished as severely as they should have been often to the detriment of the public Women were not to be held as men's euals in villany they were to be shown as men's victimsThis is pretty much the thesis of the entire book and while I don't disagree with it her constant knocking on feminism in the process which was a very real response to injustices of the time and continues to be an important response today really irked me While I understand the point she was making about double standards for female criminals I have to wonder why she needed to trash the entire school of feminist thought in the process Honestly girl who hurt you? Her vendetta felt personal which was very weird for a book that was otherwise very dry I can't count the number of times I almost fell asleep while readingThe casual racism she dropped was also rather off puttingThe traditionally higher involvement of African American women in criminal enterprise would be balanced as white women joined themThis right after a section where she interviews former inmates at a women's prison who corroborated that the white prisoners were treated better than the black and often believed No mention of racial profiling or the inherent racism of the American justice system just this blanket statement I'm left shaking my headThat said the chapter on domestic abuse was absolutely amazing There are male victims of domestic abuse and it's still so stigmatized and laughed at in our society when it shouldn't be She also talks about domestic violence within lesbian relationships another perspective that's so often neglected or ignored altogether It reminded me that me I need to get to In the Dream House ASAP I might pick it up next actually


  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    Very strange to be reading this 20 year old book in the shitstorm of 2017 I admire the breadth of this book and the author makes some pretty ballsy pardon the phrase allegations about female victimization namely that it permits women to commit violent crimes and get away with them That's uite a thesis but Pearson believes it fully and it shows So there's one star off but I'm knocking off another for some of the outrageous descriptions in here I admit I read this for its salacious lady violence rather than its sociology and I get the feeling Pearson enjoyed writing those bits best of all she could put on her Mystery Horror Hack hat and describe a sea scented dawn


  5. Michael Palkowski Michael Palkowski says:

    One of the most important books I have ever read and thus criminally neglected in the criminological literature The reason this doesn't deserve all the allocated stars is because the citing methodology is atrocious It would make sense to use end notes with numerical points for easy navigation Instead the book uotes passages in each chapter with a brief summation of the source This is infuriating


  6. Lynda Lynda says:

    What I loved about this informative well researched book was that the author a journalist didn't play pop psychologist and delve into the why as in why these seemingly ordinary women wound up killing She didn't offer motives or try to move the reader in the direction of assessing 'why' She's simply a good writer who chose a subject that is taboo


  7. Beardo Gomez Beardo Gomez says:

    I found its exploration of female aggressive violence particularly the arguments about its eventual indirect manifestation as opposed to similarly aged direct male aggression enlightening and the real world examples used as fascinating as they were tragic Obviously a bit of an older book but it seems we are no closer to solving the problem as posed herein


  8. Amber Amber says:

    How female criminals are sometimes different treatment in the court system Lots of real life cases


  9. Rachel Jones Rachel Jones says:

    Her take on women and violence is provocative and I agreed and disagreed with her Worth reading


  10. Dennis Littrell Dennis Littrell says:

    I miss the innocence but I also miss the Easter BunnyThis is a wonderful bit of pop sociology that only a woman could write If a man dare say what Pearson says here the feminists would hang him by his word processor But journalist Pearson who has a super fine feel for the politically correct steers her way through the granite rocks by flatly stating that women are just as violent as men while slyly suggesting that if some people don't think that women have the same capacity for violence maybe they are buying the weaker sex mythology and by extension continuing the subjugation Let me tell you this hits home with the Ms crowd big time Pearson paints a picture of women and violence that would give Charlie Manson pause and you get the sense that she has the feminists soberly nodding their heads this is true this is true Susan Brownmiller author of Against Our Will and bona fide feminist icon even contributes a blurb for Pearson's book allowing that there was much to agreeand disagree with but registers her approval with my tilt was definitely in her favorMine too I was actually surprised at the stats Pearson uotes showing the extent of feminine violence Men too get beaten up although let's be clear about this not nearly as often What I like best about the book is the hope that it is the beginning of an understanding that violence is a human sickness not confined to one sex and that psychological violence can be as brutal as physical The violent evils that women are statistically capable of—infanticide crimes against the elderly the murder of children etc—are starkly documented here The real horror though that women actually create the violent psychopaths through sexual choice is a truth that even Pearson is not capable of addressing—yet It's coming though When it is realized that the women who can't help themselves when they choose to mate with violent psychopaths in preference to miluetoasts to use a word Pearson employs also share responsibility for the violence in human society then we will have made real progress toward ending the violenceThe chapters on women as predators and women as partners in violent crime and especially the chapter on women in prison make the book I always wondered why the prison system couldn't keep the drugs out This book has the answer the prison authorities want the drugs in as a means of helping them control the prisoners Pearson points out that pacifying drugs like heroin and hashish are easy to get; non pacifying drugs like cocaine are not so easy to get Pearson also makes it clear that violence is as I said above a human problem not confined to one sex; indeed this is her point and a reason for exposing all the female violence that we as a society tend to forget and to downplay Pearson wants to make sure we don't forgetAs I read this book I was reminded of why I seldom read feminist writers or listen to macho AM talk shows the hard core sexists in their pathological need to hate the opposite sex are so dishonest and so prejudiced that what they say has no informational meaning Pearson exposes this mentality again and again sometimes by uoting feminine authors in vacuous support of some female murderess as courageous or as someone justifiably bent on righteous rageSome now purely political words that feminists might want to lose it occurred to me as I was reading this book courage as in the courage to heal; empowerment as in shooting her husband was a liberating act of empowerment we all want to be empowered; and especially liberating What we need to get liberated from is the nature of sexuality itself from identifying ourselves as most people do primarily as sexual creatures Sex is the instrument of the evolutionary process the tool of creatures who eat and are eaten It was here long before we evolved and it will be here long after we are gone While reading Pearson's vivid glimpses of women in prison I was struck by how demoralizing it is to see people with nothing better to do than parade their sexuality whatever the nature of that sexuality But worse yet is people like feminist Jane Caputi uoted in Pearson's book as saying that serial killers act on behalf of all men as henchmen in the subordination of women who identify themselves primarily in terms of sex saying they are feminists Pathetic I should be a masculinist or whatever the male euivalent is When I was twenty I identified with myself as a man I didn't think how much better it would be to identify with myself as a human being But I was twenty What's the feminist excuse? Dennis Littrell author of “The World Is Not as We Think It Is”


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