Media and Violence pays equal attention to the production, content and reception involved in any representation of violence. This book offers a framework for understanding how violence is represented and consumed. It examines the relationship of media, gender, and real-world violence; representations of violence in screen entertainment; the effects of violent media on consumers; the ethics and gender politics of the production processes of screen violence; and the discussions are illustrated with topical and well-known examples, enabling the reader to critically engage with the debates.
Chapter 4: Deadlier than the Males? True Crimes of Women's Violence
Deadlier than the Males? True Crimes of Women's Violence
While, as we saw in Chapter 3, male perpetrators of violence are rarely visible as men, news stories about women's violence are very explicitly stories about gender. This chapter explores how such stories are told, examining the emphasis placed on explaining women's violence with reference to feminism, sexuality, maternity and biology. As crimes of violence by women are comparatively rare, a relatively small number of sensational cases – such as those of Rosemary West and Myra Hindley in Britain, Karla Homolka in Canada and Aileen Wuornos in the US – have generated attention on an international scale and they are revisited here.
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