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Walter S. DeKeseredy & Martin D. Schwartz

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 20: Masculinities and Interpersonal Violence

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Masculinities and Interpersonal Violence
Masculinities and interpersonal violence
Walter S.DeKeseredy, Martin D.Schwartz

Choose a form of violence and examine international statistics on the gender of its perpetrators. You will always find a severely unbalanced sex ratio, generally with 90% to 100% of the violence being perpetrated by men and less than 10% being perpetrated by women. From time to time, a small number of violent acts committed by women gain newspaper headlines and perhaps even a few scholarly articles on the rise in female crime. The reality behind this is that female violent crime rate is so rare that some states and provinces have managed to survive for a century without any prison for women. The few female criminals who needed to be incarcerated were shipped off ...

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