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by Patricia Pearson


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When She Was Bad considers two different issues: (1) how we see violent women-that we either excuse their behavior with a "syndrome defense" . 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".

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. Female Multiple Murderesses work or live in a specific place that houses their victims - they're "Trappers".

When She Was Bad book. While national crime rates have recently fallen, crimes committed. Pearson paints a picture of women and violence that would give Charlie Manson pause, and you get the sense that she has the feminists soberly nodding their heads, "this is true, this is true my tilt was definitely in her favor.

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When She Was Bad tells the stories of such women as Karla Homolka, who raped and killed three women . Our culture, argues award-winning journalist Patricia Pearson, is in denial of women's innate capacity for aggression. We deny that women batter their husbands

When She Was Bad tells the stories of such women as Karla Homolka, who raped and killed three women, including her own sister, then blamed it on battered wife syndrome; Dorothea Puente, who murdered several elderly tenants in her boardinghouse before attracting any attention; and Marti Salas-Tarin, an ex-con who runs a halfway house for women just out of prison. We deny that women batter their husbands. We forget that the statistics prove that children in America are abused mostly by women.

The publication of Patricia Pearson's book comes at a time when media reports of escalating violence amoung teen-aged girls are becoming more common. It is therefore a timely book. A Canadian journalist based in Toronto, Pearson has become an expert on violent women, especially girls, and has been frequently quoted in the Globe & Mail since the release of her book.

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When She Was Bad : Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence. In this highly provocative book, Patricia Pearson demonstrates over and over again that the idea (ideal?) of female innocence is pure myth

When She Was Bad : Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence. By (author) Patricia Pearson. We can notify you when this item is back in stock. In this highly provocative book, Patricia Pearson demonstrates over and over again that the idea (ideal?) of female innocence is pure myth. She argues that the two main culprits of the tendency to overlook extreme behaviour in women are feminists who have claimed victimhood for women and male society which finds it impossible to see women as powerful.

When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence, Viking (New York, NY), 1997, published as When . SIDELIGHTS: Journalist Patricia Pearson worked in New York City as a crime reporter before returning to Canada to write a column for the National Post and raise her children.

When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence, Viking (New York, NY), 1997, published as When She Was Bad: How and Why Women Get away with Murder, Penguin (New York, NY), 1998. Playing House (novel), Avon Trade (New York, NY), 2003. Area Woman Blows Gasket: And Other Tales from the Domestic Frontier, Bloomsbury Publishing (New York, NY), 2005.

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While national crime rates have recently fallen, crimes committed by women have risen 200 percent, yet we continue to transform female violence into victimhood by citing PMS, battered wife syndrome, and postpartum depression as sources of women?s actions.

When She Was Bad convincingly overturns these perceptions by telling the stories of such women as Karla Faye Tucker, who was recently executed for having killed two people with a pickax; Dorothea Puente, who murdered several elderly tenants in her boarding house; and Aileen Wuornos, a Florida woman who shot seven men. Patricia Pearson marshals a vast amount of research and statistical support from criminologists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, and sociologists, and includes many revealing interviews with dozens of men and women in the criminal justice system who have firsthand experience with violent women. When She Was Bad is a fearless and superbly written call to reframe our ideas about female violence and, by extension, female power.


Comments: (7)

Gholbithris
This is the most eye opening book I've read since "The Working Poor: Poverty In America" and like the aforementioned book it breaks stereotypes through what it reports. However, unlike The Working Poor the author chose -and accepts the legitimacy of- incidents that involve female domestic abuse, instead of choosing to empathize with a spouse beater found by chance simply because she is a woman.
Meztihn
Damn informative book!
Very well researched and cited (I back checked a few) and it seems as though the author went to the trouble to be as fair and logical as possible.
I'm glad I picked this book up.
Inertedub
This was for a class I took but it was REALLY intersting I enjoyed it! Intersting points of view I never would have thought of before. Stories of different dangerous women with great insight and ideas.
Yozshubei
The premise of the book sounds interesting but the writing style is fairly dull and reminds me of my days of reading university textbooks. If you're looking for an entertaining read this is not it, but if you're looking for an academic cometary you may find this of interest.
Winasana
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I am currently at work on a book about women and was a little concerned when I bought this one that it might be more emotive than evidentiary, but, luckily, my premonition was completely inaccurate. I am pleased to report that When She Was Bad surpassed all of my expectations. In fact, I'm going to hard to limit myself to a set number of citations for use in my own narrative because the material here is so exquisite. Patricia Pearson is a very brave person [notice I didn't say woman] because female aggression, especially back in 1997, is the kind of subject which can result in one being professionally ostracized; although, it obviously hasn't hurt Ms. Pearson's career as she publishes voluminously. What I appreciated most about these pages was just how much which was new to me. Particularly of value, is her idea of "chivalry justice," wherein males within the legal system are predisposed to judge and handle women more favorably than they do men. Radical feminists, of course, tell us the complete opposite which is in keeping with their attitude in general towards the truth. What really interested me about this work is that Pearson manages to find a perfect mix of case study, statistics, and narrative interpretation across these 250 or so pages. It's a lively book, filled with illuminating stories along with the author's common sense. I highly recommend it. I finished mine quickly and now it's barely readable from all the underlining I've done.
Kazigrel
The author Patricia Pearson is an independent-minded feminist who critiques foibles in the philosophy of her other sisters; namely, that women are morally superior to men and don't do as much violence against others. Or if they do, they only do it because they are oppressed by the patriarchy. They are victims.

Pearson wants women to be treated like adults, not children, being held to full account for their wrong doings in the justice system. She believes that women are equal or capable of being equal to men in all spheres, including combat. (This argument about equality in combat I think is erroneous). If the sexes are equal, she implies, then they should have equal punishment for their crimes. People and women should stop making excuses for women's crimes such as pleading temporary insanity, being a battered wife, being abused,or having PMS. Chivalry in the justice system should not mete out lighter sentences for women who commit similar crimes that their male counterparts do.

Pearson mixes her work with juicy stories about womens' crimes for the delight of your tabloid mind along with a scholarly analysis of what it all means. She talks about the nature of female aggression can also include things overlooked by society such as vicious slander against enemies, and "...an acid bath of words, the children used as pawns, the destruction of property, (and) enlistment of community as a means of control..."

She speculates that children dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome may have been purposely neglected by their mothers who were having crazy thoughts about wanting their children dead. She thinks that women are not as naturally nurturant in motherhood as society says they are. Society has a hard time seeing the true nature of the female and therefore has problems dealing with women gone bad.

Pearson even hints around that child are citizens with a right to life, are not possessions of their mothers, and that women should be responsible for their birth control--these statements have controversial implications for abortion and parents' rights issues.

She states that women are just as abusive and violent as men are in their relationships and there is such as thing as a battered husband. However, society refuses to help battered husbands because they don't think women are that violent. She deplores the power imbalance in the marital relationship in which women can falsely accuse a man of abuse and send him to prison with one phone call to the police.

Pearson's most fascinating topic is female serial killers or "nurturant monsters" as she calls them. She describes one who drugs her victims to death, but before she does, she has the facade of grandmotherly warmth that deceives people into thinking that she is harmless. She describes women in history who have killed as many as 600 victims, but people tend to forget women killers and focus in on male killers who lurk in the shadows and are more directly violent.

Because people see violent women as victims of abuse, they often glamourize or approve of their violence, such as in case of Lorena Bobbit emasculating her husband or the murdering wife who was replaced by a younger model.

To sum up, Pearson says, "...to separate one sex from the other as virtuous or blameworthy is to follow a false trail in understanding the causes of violence."
When She Was Bad...: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence download epub
True Crime
Author: Patricia Pearson
ISBN: 0140243887
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: True Crime
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; ARC edition (October 1, 1998)
Pages: 320 pages