When She was Bad: Violent Women & the Myth of Innocence

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Viking, 1997 - Psychology - 288 pages
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"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. We forget that the statistics prove that children in America are abused mostly by women. We ignore the 200 percent increase in crime by women during a period in which most crime statistics are dropping. Instead, we transform female violence into victimhood by citing PMS, battered wife syndrome, postpartum depression as the sources of women's actions." "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. Pearson weaves these and other stories with the results of research by criminologists, anthropologists, and psychiatrists to examine the facts of women's violence and to demolish the myth of female innocence."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Review: When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence

User Review  - Kirsty - Goodreads

This made for very uncomfortable reading at times. It taught me a lot of things that I didn't want to accept, which is good as sometimes we all need to be challenged. Read full review

Review: When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence

User Review  - S'hi - Goodreads

Finally a more balanced book about the issue of anger, violence and aggression which seeks a way to change the causes, rather than a means to manipulate the issues for other purposes. Pearson goes in ... Read full review

Contents

Girls Will Be Girls
1
Maybe You Mistook Me for an Angel
33
Perceptions of Female Violence 6f the Vocabulary of Motive
64
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Patricia Pearson is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors and a humor columnist for Canada's National Post. She has won several journalism awards, including one for her first book, When She Was Bad. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, and Kevin the Dog.

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