This is a Man's World ... or Least That's How it Looks in the Journals

Susan F. Sharp, University of Oklahoma
Kristen Hefley, University of Oklahoma

Criminology still tends to focus on gender as a control variable, ignoring the different pathways to crime of males and females. This leaves us with knowledge that we already have -- males commit more criminal and delinquent acts than do females. Feminist approaches tend to do one of two things: deal with girls and women only or deal with women and men separately to illuminate the differences. In this paper, we will examine articles in two major journals, Criminology and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, to explore the ways that gender is treated in mainstream criminology journals. Then, we will discuss the implications this has for feminist criminology.

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Updated 05/20/2006