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Ondertitelthe social construction of `stranger-danger' in Washington state as a form of patriarchal ideology
MakerWebsdale, Neil
Titel tijdschriftWomen and Criminal Justice
Jaar van tijdschrift1995-1996
Nummer van tijdschrijft2
Paginatiep. 43-68
SamenvattingThe article critically examines Washington State's Predator Law (1990). The most controversial part of the law provides for the indefinite civil commitment of `sexually violent predators'. Under the legislation, husbands who victimize their wives and children cannot be defined as predators. The author argues that the social construction of predators as sick strangers is an ideological construct. This non-conspirators construct diverts attention from the fact that male intrafamilial violence is by far the greatest threat to the safety of women and children. These diversionary tendencies in the predator discourse constitute a hitherto scarcely publicized backlash against feminist arguments about the need for criminal laws that work in the interests of all women and childeren.
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