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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, entertaining and an alternative look at females
As a University student, bored with text books and dribble about this theory and that, this book made a refreshing change. Though the focus of the book is in the US, it provides excellent case studies of a variety of crimes commited by female criminals, famous and not so famous. Pearson looks at what, where, when, why and how, which makes this book interesting and...
Published on 28 May 2001

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will you ever see a woman in the same light?
This book has some shocking tales of American females in crime and makes bold suggestions as to how and why. It discusses a mixture of well-known and unknown killers to highlight different psychological points. Some of the stories will stick with me forever, especially those on infantcide, as they are heartbreaking, and it seems the reason the killers get away with it is...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, entertaining and an alternative look at females, 28 May 2001
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As a University student, bored with text books and dribble about this theory and that, this book made a refreshing change. Though the focus of the book is in the US, it provides excellent case studies of a variety of crimes commited by female criminals, famous and not so famous. Pearson looks at what, where, when, why and how, which makes this book interesting and comprehendable. This book is not just for students, or those interested in crime or feminist thought, I really feel it will be of interest to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and persuasive even if I didn't agree with every word!, 30 Nov 2010
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`When She Was Bad' is an incredible book focusing on incidences of female violence and aggression and how it is viewed and evaluated by both society and through the legal system. This focus and the case studies described are largely based in America although this doesn't harm the book and the arguments can apply to most Western Societies.

Pearson argues that female aggression and extreme behaviour has been explained away and largely excused by both feminists (who claim that women are victims and therefore so not need to take account for their actions) and a patriarchal society (in which people find it difficult to view women as powerful.) She puts forward fascinating arguments and case studies to illustrate her points and whilst I don't agree with everything she asserts I found her style both engaging and persuasive.

The final sway of Pearson's argument, which includes evidence and findings of criminologists, psychiatrists and criminologists, is that women should be held accountable for their actions and that they are equally as capable as men of being terrorists, violent criminals and psychopaths.

My only criticism is the range of material and the continual reference to several cases when I would have wanted a broader ranger of material to illustrate the points but otherwise I would strongly recommend this book especially to those who are looking for some academic work to supplement essays for Women's Studies Courses and the like.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will you ever see a woman in the same light?, 13 Jan 2010
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Mrs. D. HANSON (University of Birmingham) - See all my reviews
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This book has some shocking tales of American females in crime and makes bold suggestions as to how and why. It discusses a mixture of well-known and unknown killers to highlight different psychological points. Some of the stories will stick with me forever, especially those on infantcide, as they are heartbreaking, and it seems the reason the killers get away with it is because no-one would suspect a woman to do such a thing! A really interesting read if this is your sort of topic, but the sad part is the realisation that the stories are true. It's well written and keeps your interest throughout.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent..., 27 May 2009
This review is from: When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence (Paperback)
recommended by venus : the dark side authors,learn about how modern women refuse to accept accountability for their own actions and hide behind "vocabulary of motives" - victimizers who turn to victims of society when found out to be sociapths(emotional abuse) or pschopaths(emotional and violent)...excellent book!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SHORT, SHARP & SNAPPY., 10 Dec 2000
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This review is from: When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence (Paperback)
Short, sharp and snappy. This punchily written fascinating read holds you firmly by the hand as this clever lady leads you through her powerful realisations, each backed up with thoroughly researched observations and beliefs. Elizabeth Wurtzel 'Bitch' fans will be in for a treat. However, a brisk and breezy read it is not. I found that a few months rest in between chapters made for a much more pleasant ride. Packed with the message that women are not always what they seem Pearson demonstrates that the idea of female innocence is pure myth.
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