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May 11, 2018 / C H Thompson

Feminist perspective of crime – revision notes with evaluative points

Changing role/liberation

  • Adler (1975) suggests that the rise in women’s liberation is linked to their freedom from traditional forms of social control and the acceptance of more masculine roles
  • Although men are still committing more crime than women, the pattern is beginning to change. The number of female offences between 2004 and 2007 rose by 25%
  • Denscombe (2001) also argued that the changing in female roles means that women are likely to be engaging in more risk taking behaviour
  • For example women will now be able to take part in combat in the army. Research into the self-images of 15-16 year olds found that girls are adopting more traditional male attitudes such as looking ‘hard’, taking control and risk taking.
  • This could be linked to the rise in a ladette culture


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