Men, Women, Murder

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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:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/7JWFIFgWk8k

And heres how a women might:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/LloYcPpbUx8

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7 Responses to Men, Women, Murder

  1. sylvia izzo says:

    I would like women are more likely not to leave a mess and be more articulate. While men are more “spur of the monent” and use what ever they can get thier hands on. I know murder is murder but I have read that men are violent while women contiplating.

  2. michalchavis says:

    Nice videos. I did my blog on a similar topic and I feel like women are less violent not only because of lack of testosterone (which is believed to make men more agressive) but women are also known for being the voice of reasoning and tend to think things out and weigh the consequences before acting unlike men.

  3. In one of my Criminal Justice classes we actually did a study on this. One thing we found out, when it comes to the methodology, women are more likely to use non violent face to face methods because they express more sensitivity for the individual then males do. Males are more likely to react and commit a crime where females take their time and analyze everything. They think about the individual, their family, the individuals family, etc. Thought it was very interesting.

  4. ace1388 says:

    I remember reading about the difference between Male and Female murder for my CRJS class. Another reason could be that men have a higher percent of murder than females because females are less suspected of committing muder, but in actuality they could be committing the same amount. Just like in the 70’s and 80’s when female arrest rates we higher because police started paying more attention to female activity.

  5. mvensland says:

    I see where you all are coming from. It seems that it is more acceptable in our society for men to end up fighting face to face. However, women are not generally thought of as directly confrontational. I don’t know if I agree with the whole “testosterone” deal. Personally, I believe that socialization is the main factor in determining whether someone will be more or less confrontational. I agree that females are generally less suspected when it comes to murder, however, I don’t believe females are accounting for as many cases as men are.

  6. I agree with what you have said in your blog and with this past weekends actions with the NFL player taking the life of his girlfriend and then his own, it only agrees with what you have said. There was also another NFL player that was killed in 2009 by his girlfriend, who actually shot and killed the NFL player before killing herself. Sounds like we need to get to get to the problems behind why these acts happen and how we can prevent them from even coming close to happening.

  7. dbask005 says:

    I have learned when it comes to the methodology, women are more likely to use non violent face to face methods because they express more sensitivity for the individual then males do. Males are more likely to react and commit a crime where females take their time and analyze everything. Although society says females can not separate emotion from logic they still take the time too think about someone’s family brother sister ect…. These videos were very interesting and I ,must agree boys are use too being head of a pack so are usually more aggressive versus females

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