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Moreover, they get different types of punishments also for crimes of similar nature.
“Gender discrimination remains as one of the most prevalent and disturbing problems for women not only in the United States but the world as well” (Crawford). America is the most advanced and civilised nation in the world according to many sociologists and scholars. However, even America is not free from the social evil of gender inequality. In America men have always been superior to women when it comes to careers, finances, and even crime. Women might get arrested for things such as running away, prostitution, shop lifting and so on, that men would never get arrested for. “In 1990, there were approximately 600,000 women in prisons or jails, on probation, or on parole in the United States; in 2000, the figure had risen to more than one million women”(Covington & Bloom, p. 1). This paper analyses how gender inequality affect criminal justice system while dispersing punishments for similar crimes committed by males and females.
“The very mention of the term "serial killer" evokes a spine chilling reaction in most people. It is something we do not quite want to think about, yet at the same time we can’t get enough of” (Serial Killing: A Forgotten Phenomenon). Serial killing is one of the major criminal activities of modern era. Both males and females engage in serial killing because of various reasons. In some cases, psychological problems force people to engage in serial killing whereas in other cases, political, social and cultural reasons motivate people to perform this antisocial activity. One of the stunning facts about serial killing is that majority of male serial killers are getting life terms or sentencing for a prescribed period of time whereas majority of the female serial killers are getting capital punishment.
A serial killer who admitted to murdering 14 street children escaped the death penalty when he was
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Despite being fully aware of gender issues and its implications, we have still been unable to eliminate gender inequality from our modern society. Unfortunately, sexism whether juvenile or benevolent still remains one of the major integrated problems of today’s technologically and economically advanced world.
The first historical study on serial killers was conducted by Dr. Richard Von Kraft-Ebing in the nineteenth century. According to Pincus (33), the common explanation of a serial killer is the illegitimate murder of two or more individuals by the same criminal, in different events/circumstances.
Acts of violence and murder are constantly condemned by the society. Serial killers are among the criminals that are highly despised by the society, people even think of them as animals and demons and threats them that way (Roy 16). Serial Killers are usually motivated in four ways, namely: visionary, mission-oriented, hedonistic, and power of control (24).
In some situations, there are sexual elements involved in the murders. The murders are often completed or attempted in the same fashion and in most cases the victims share something in common. For instance race, occupation, sex, appearance, or age group. According to Borgeson, a killer is someone is someone who takes interests to have the life of a person. This is usually to ensure some secrets are kept.
Serial killers are thought to be undergoing some form of psychological and metal disturbance; hence, they obtain pleasure from the murders they commit. The main cause of mental or psychological disturbance for these offenders is normally traced back to their childhood growth.
Serial killers are normally motivated by emotional stress from their childhood. The hunger for revenge is what drives them to commit their first murders. Serial killers look for specific characters in their victim that suits the description of their dream victim and they murder them in a quest to gratify their urge to kill their dream victim.
Presently, majority of the criminologists concur that serial killers emanate from dysfunctional social backgrounds manifesting considerable abuse during childhood. Nevertheless, child abuse remains a common occurrence, which renders it problematic to presume that it leads an individual to become a serial killer.
Gender stereotyping limits the opportunity in different fields for both men and women hence should not be practiced. Stereotyping is drawing a line between the roles and jobs done by men and women. Media portrays men as bread winner and women as home makers although role models have changed drastically due to social, economic and other reasons and they will be discussed in this paper.