Gender and Crime (Reasons why women commit less crime (Sex-Role Theory:
Gender and Crime
Patterns of Crime
- 80% of crime is committed by men
- 2000 women are in prison, making up only 4% of the prison population
- Females are mainly in prison for non-violent crimes
- Self-report studies show more females commit crime than is recorded
- 1 in 3 males have committed a crime, compared to 1 in 10 females.
- Males commit more violent crimes, they are 50 times more likely to commit sexual offences than women.
- Typical 'female crimes', e.g. shop lifting or prostitution, are less likely to be reported.
- Even if female crimes are reported they are less likely to be prosecuted.
- Official stats are extremely misleading
- Women are naturally better at concealing crime
- Police courts treat women more leniently, police culture is more 'paternalistic' and women don't fit the stereotype of 'criminal' so they are less likely to be arrested or charged
- Women are skilled at hiding crimes as a result of the female biology - they have come accustomed to deceiving men.