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Mass Murder Has A Gender

August 7, 2012 by


When the headlines start screaming about gunshots on campus, or a shooter on a rampage, we really don’t need anyone to stop and clarify that it’s a man. Of course it’s a man. It’s always a man. Except that one time, but otherwise, it’s always a man. So you might say that mass murder or […]

Part I: Marissa Alexander Isn’t Really About Stand Your Ground

May 28, 2012 by


The comparisons between Marissa Alexander and George Zimmerman and their use of Florida’s stand your ground law were as inevitable as they were powerful. To be sure, the law matters to Marissa Alexander, but the law itself is not the central issue of her case. I think of it, instead, as the stage upon which […]

The Homeless Woman I See in the Street

May 22, 2012 by


I see this woman on a regular basis when the weather is warmer. This ledge, though exposed to the elements, concrete, and undoubtedly uncomfortable, is in a safer part of town. The people walking by are a lot like me: professional, educated, non-violent. Unlike me, a lot of the passers-by have serious money, and have […]

How The Hunger Games Can Teach Violence Prevention

May 7, 2012 by


The buzz about The Hunger Games among my colleagues was all centered on the fact that it’s a series in which young people murder young people. (Anyone with dry eyes after Rue is killed has no soul.) While Suzanne Collins, the daughter of a Vietnam vet, has said that she believes preventing war requires exposing […]

Who Are Crime Victims?

April 24, 2012 by


I say “crime victim.” Without thinking, what popped into your mind? If you had a mental image, what was it? Chances are, the person that you immediately thought of is female, white, middle class, maybe a little girl, maybe a soccer mom. Yet the data don’t support that image, which is created by media and […]

Trayvon Martin’s Death and What it Says About Race, Privilege, and Homicide

March 21, 2012 by


Trayvon Martin’s death is inextricably bound up in his age, his hoodie, and his race. An older white woman, even in a hoodie, would not have been a likely target for George Zimmerman. But Trayvon, in his youth, his masculinity, and his racial identity as an African-American, fulfilled the stereotype of the unknown criminal offender. […]

Female Serial Killers Are Not “Lethal Ladies”

March 13, 2012 by


A new article titled “Lethal Ladies: Revisiting What We Know About Female Serial Murders” is in Homicide Studies by Farrell, Keppel, and Titterginton. It’s a good article. And I get the need to draw people in with catchy titles, even in an academic journal. But language matters. My problem with the titling of this article is the […]