- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (October 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670859257
- ISBN-13: 978-0670859252
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,014,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When She Was Bad...: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence Hardcover – October 1, 1997
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"Women commit the majority of child homicides in the United States; more than 80 percent of neonaticides; an equal or greater share of severe physical child abuse; an equal rate of spousal assault; about a quarter of child sexual molestations; and a large proportion of elder abuse... The rate at which infants are murdered by women in the U.S. is higher than the rate at which women are murdered by men." With carefully researched facts, fascinating case histories, and incisive argument, Patricia Pearson succeeds in demolishing the myth that women are not naturally violent. When She Was Bad considers two different issues: (1) how we see violent women--that we either excuse their behavior with a "syndrome defense" such as battered woman syndrome, or else see them as the passive partners of violent men; (2) how we see aggression itself--that we perceive it as physical and blatant, thus missing the ways in which women more commonly use verbal assaults and indirect strategies. Ultimately, Pearson argues, the failure of women to take responsibility for their violent behavior undermines the good that can come from aggressiveness, and sabotages the credibility of female police officers and soldiers.
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She is a good reporter, and--no doubt in anticipation of conventional feminist objections--she has done the work necessary to back up even her most inflammatory ideas. If Pearson appears a tad gruesome in her eagerness for gender-neutral extermination, her larger crusade, for women's moral equality, is undoubtedly worthwhile.
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The author exposes the myth that females are by nature the nurturing sex and largely incapable of horrendous criminal behavior. She explains that it is this cover which allows them to operate under the radar, manipulate social stereotypes and inflict murder and mayhem upon their unsuspecting victims. Then, because their crimes are perpetuated with the complicity of a negligent community, these criminals are less likely to be identified by the same myopic social institutions responsible for supplying the victims in the first place.
Female predators do exist. Although their methods are different, their results are no less catastrophic to their victims. Domestic violence, despite what some pundits would want us all to believe has no gender-based victim. Victims are both male and female. But guys should not bother looking for agencies or shelter from the injuries inflicted upon them by their female mates...there are none. Getting the truth out about domestic violence would ruin the foundation upon which the industry is built. The public sentiment and the profits would stop flowing.
For all the gentlemen (especially fathers) that are victims of an emotionally and financially abusive system that refuses to recognize your grievances, this book is for you. You are not paranoid. Your ex, the judges and attorneys really are out to get you (or at least your wages) and like Bloodhounds, the feminist predators are plotting the course.
Every chapter is valuable, especially the ones on Domestic Violence and Female Predators.
Political, Social and Academic types perpetuate the myth that Domestic Violence is only "Wife Battering".
This points out how Domestic Violence can be defined as an "Intimate Power Struggle". Points out how about 50% of Domestic Violence is "Mutual Abuse". That each is abusive. That the Woman is not striking back - she's attacking. Points out how a large number of battered women are lesbians. That's women who are abusive and Battered Women who are not victims of men. Points out how female abusers bite, slap, knee, kick, throw ash trays, stab, or shoot their husbands, boyfriends or partners. This points how Battered men have almost zero support or refuge. Points out how denying the existence of Husband Abuse leaves women without access the therapy they need.
This points out how there have been "Multiple Murderesses" for as long as there have been "Multiple Murderers". That there have been dozens of Women who have killed up 40 people over a large period of time.
The Myth that women can't be serial killer came from the difference in killing styles. Male Multiple Murderers stalk their victims - they're "Hunters". Female Multiple Murderesses work or live in a specific place that houses their victims - they're "Trappers". They kill in retirement homes, hospitals or care facilities.
When serial killing was first profiled in 1978 it was for stalkers. Defined as "Killing 3 or more strangers, with a cooling off period in between. Since that was the profile for Male Serial Killing stile, the Myth that only men are serial killers began there.
Political, Social and Academic Groups have done nothing to correct that misperception, and have perpetuated the Myth that Aileen Wuornos was the First Female Serial.
This was a great read.