The rise of mobile and social media means that everyday crime news is now more immediate, more visual, and more democratically produced than ever. Offering new and innovative ways of understanding the relationship between media and crime, Media and Crime in the U.S. critically examines the influence of media coverage of crimes on culture and identity in the United States and across the globe. With comprehensive coverage of the theories, research, and key issues, acclaimed author Yvonne Jewkes and award-winning professor Travis Linnemann have come together to shed light on some of the most troubling questions surrounding media and crime today. The free open-access Student Study site at features web quizzes, web resources, and more. Instructors, sign in at for additional resources!

Media Misogyny : Monstrous Women

Media Misogyny : Monstrous Women

Media Misogyny: Monstrous Women


Chapter 5 provides:

  • An exploration—underpinned by psychosocial and feminist approaches—of mediated responses to very serious offending by women, concentrating mainly on women who kill and rape.
  • A consideration of whether women are treated more harshly or more leniently by the criminal justice system.
  • A discussion of whether women who commit violent crimes in partnership with a man are passive victims or active partners who kill through choice.
  • An analysis of the standard stories, stereotypes, and stock motifs employed by the media to convey deviant women’s “evilness.”
  • A consideration of women’s “otherness” and why women who commit very serious crimes are much more newsworthy than men who similarly offend.

Key Terms

  • agency 141
  • carceral feminism 135
  • difference 120
  • essentialism 147
  • familicide/family annihilation 144
  • feminist 120
  • filicide 138
  • heteropatriarchy 127
  • infanticide 138
  • otherness 120
  • psychosocial ...
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