T/R Journal Article Discussion Questions
Use these discussion questions that accompany the readings in the text/reader, for further exploration and understanding of concepts.
- How do early theories of victimization distinguish between different types of victims? How might the criminal justice system use these typologies in making decisions about which cases to pursue?
- What type of help-seeking behaviors do female crime victims engage in? How are these practices related to the reporting of crimes to law enforcement?
- What effects does the practice of victim blaming have for future potential crime victims and the criminal justice system?
- In what ways do media outlets support or dispel rape myths and victim blaming? How is this related to help-seeking behavior, official reporting, and revictimization?
- How is fear of crime a gendered experience? What factors contribute to the differences in male versus female fear of crime? Do official crime statistics support or dispel the basis for these fear differences?
- How might feminist criminologists critique modern-day victimization theories, such as routine activities theory and lifestyle theory?
- How have historical theories on female offending failed to understand the nature of female offending?
- What contributions has feminist criminology made in understanding the relationship between gender and offending?