Feminist Perspectives in Criminology

Authored by: Claire M. Renzetti

Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  October  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415779678
eBook ISBN: 9780203864326
Adobe ISBN: 9781135192808

10.4324/9780203864326.ch9

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Abstract

In recent interviews with social activists working to address the problem of sex trafficking worldwide, I have posed the question, “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” The common reply from interviewees goes something like this: “No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist; I think all people should be treated equally and respectfully.” Before answering the question, “What is feminist criminology?,” then, it would be useful to first answer the question, “What is feminism?,” for there appears to be some confusion as to the meaning of this term. And it is undeniably a label that nowadays is loaded with social and political baggage.

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