Gender and criminality

Via dei Sardi in the San Lorenzo district of Rome, mural painting against femicide, produced in November 2013 to commemorate the 240 Italian women killed to date since the beginning of 2012

Beginning in 1830, a Comparative Satistics of Ciminality in France, Belgium, England and Germany established the gendered dimension of criminality, which is an expression of how the two genders are differently integrated into society, along with their relation to violence and weapons. In fact, the majority of highly serious crimes are the deeds of men, while feminine offences relate more to the domestic sphere or the prostitutional use of their bodies. Moreover, the victims of a majority of violent crimes are women. These differences long gave rise to naturalist interpretations, and also led to the construction of archetypes that have been called into question during the twenty-first century. There has been a concurrent denunciation of gendered violence, which the Italians designated in 2013 by the term femicide.

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