Gender Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty System

Abstract: Although the demographics on male versus female death-row prisoners suggest that males are the criminal justice system’s primary targets, I argue that the system also discriminates against women. Utilizing contemporary feminist theories of gender, I argue that female prisoners are punished primarily for violating norms of gender correctness.

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Originally published in the Radical Philosophy Review, Volume Three, Number One (2000) (pp. 89-96)


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Gender Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty System — 5 Comments

  1. “I argue that female prisoners are punished primarily for violating norms of gender correctness.”

    Are you kidding me? This is a perfect example of a modern feminist TRYING to take a perfectly valid mens rights issue (the issue of men recieving the death penalty FAR MORE than women) and attempting to turn it into an issue of “female discrimination”. You feminists never can admit to your privilege and instead you continue holding onto the victim card.

    I would call you a typical feminist but that much is obvious.

  2. Keep drinking the kool aid Phillip. Men are evil- women are saintly. Even when they kill.

  3. If ever there was a case of willfully entangling oneself in a myriad of bizarre extremist theories in order to espouse view a view that is not only ludicrous, but also appallingly-bigoted, then the above article is it. The author is clearly a deeply-embittered individual who has been mentally weak enough to allow himself to be convinced that his own gender are the personification of evil itself – and thus should have no recourse to even basic human rights. Offensive, Illiterate and deeply-disturbing – the above piece should act as a warning to everyone of how the zealous, myopic adherence to any one train of political theory can completely blind an individual to the wider picture.

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