- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558616071
- ISBN-13: 978-1558616073
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
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Women Who Kill Paperback – October 1, 2009
"The Other Woman" by Sandie Jones
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"A classic and superb piece of work that can change social attitudes." ―Adrienne Rich, author of Diving into the Wreck
"An extraordinary feat . . . a groundbreaking book filled with originality on every page."―Susan Brownmiller, author of Against Our Will
“Ann Jones's classic book shows that female violence is nothing new and hardly rare, and the motivation behind it speaks volumes about the society in which it takes place.”―Patty Jenkins, director of Monster
"[Jones] is a sardonic, savagely witty storyteller."Newsweek
"This provocative book . . . reminds us again that women are entitled to their rage." New York Times Book Review
"A classic and superb piece of work that can change social attitudes." Adrienne Rich, author of Diving into the Wreck
"An extraordinary feat . . . a groundbreaking book filled with originality on every page."Susan Brownmiller, author of Against Our Will
Ann Jones's classic book shows that female violence is nothing new and hardly rare, and the motivation behind it speaks volumes about the society in which it takes place.”Patty Jenkins, director of Monster
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I so appreciate Ann Jones' wonderful accomplishment! Men and women need to read this.
legislative system is very comprehensive. She brings to light that it would benefit the whole system to concentrate on the representative roles of women, and bring it into the twenty first century. A GREAT READ!!!!! I want to read more of her books
Similarly, in the chapter dealing with despoiled maidens, the author makes the critical point that by letting some women get away with murdering men who had 'seduced' and abandoned them, society was upholding the status quo. Women did not have the vote and yet were punished by the very people who held them powerless and wanted to keep them that way. By letting a few appropriately remorseful women off the hook, society could solve one woman's problem and ignore all the rest.
Jones analyzes society's views of women and crime and weaves the analysis through a fascinating string of historical cases. Amongst the startling facts she reveals are that infanticide cases have remained more or less constant, as a percentage, since the 1700s, when draconian laws essentially removed women's right agaisnt self incrimination. If a woman bore a bastard child, she could be fined and whipped. However, if she was an indentured servant and bore a bastard child, her owner could recieve another SEVEN years of servitude from her and sell the child as well. So many employers profited by raping and impregnating their female servants that the law was changed, but nothing really stopped men from raping women. With heavy penalties for bearing bastards, women resorted to concealing pregnancies, delivering in secret, and then killing the babies. Then a law was passed, making it a capital crime to conceal the birth of such a child. She was dmaned if she did, and damned if she didn't---and it didn't matter if she was a rape victim or not. In some cases, girls were so ignorant of the facts of reproduction that they were effectively defenseless. So much for abstinence only. (There was a case, for example, of a grand daughter of Queen Victoria who was kept so ignorant about her own body that she was impregnated by a foot man who tricked her into having sex. Then, hypocritcally, her family threw her out into the street.)
In any event, the book takes apart the standard cliches that dominate the writing about women's crime, and leaves one with the important realization that one should be exceedingly cautious when confronted with a book that uses percentages in the case of raw numbers. As an example of this, consider this: my hometown had one murder one year, then two the next. What percentage increase is that?