In the United States, murder is an interesting topic, but what are the facts between which sex commits more homicides and which is more likely to be the victim of a homicide? In a study based on the FBI’s UCR, it was found that men were more likely to commit homicide than women, 85%. Also, men were more likely to be the victim of a homicide, 77%. What can be the reasoning behind this vast majority? Could it be due to the gender norms put in place by our society?
Adding to that information, there are some other interesting statistics. Men were four times as likely to kill a stranger or non-intimate acquaintance, than they were a family member or intimate acquaintance. On a similar note, women were more likely to kill an intimate acquaintance, family member, or husband than they were a complete stranger. And, contrary to what many may believe, the chance of a women being killed by a stranger was very rare; they are far more likely to be killed by their spouse.
As far as method goes, women are more likely to kill with poison, while men are generally more likely to use a gun. These two methods tell a lot. Men are more likely to kill directly and actively, while women are more likely to kill indirectly. I feel that I can make a good analogy to this. In school, when males would have an altercation, there was usually a fist fight or something like that. You might be thought of as being a “bitch” if you just talked trash behind someone’s back and did not actually physically confront him. However, with females, I saw more often that they would talk about whoever they were against behind their back, key someone’s car, or do something else that does not involve any face to face contact. It was less acceptable among males and females for girls to physically fight. That being said, I feel that the way males and females are socialized predetermines potential behavior, and that they kill in similar ways as they work out nonlethal altercations.
This compares to how men settle things, Direct, and in this case hilarious:
And heres how a women might: