TITLE

DE-GENDERING PREDATORY VIOLENCE: THE FEMALE STALKER

AUTHOR(S)
DuPont-Morales, M. A.
PUB. DATE
November 1999
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Nov99, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p366
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article addresses the alternative pursuits female stalkers can use against male victims because of technology. Examples from case studies have been chronicled over the past years are used to clarify the salient points. The dynamics of a woman obsessing over the control of a man's life remains difficult for society and law enforcement to fully comprehend. The empirical study of stalking is evolving, and the study of female stalking behavior needs a distinct focus. Theoretical assumptions about female victimization have ignored the possibility that women who are witnesses and victims of violence may continue the cycle of violence in future social interactions. Violence is a human dynamic that is both Continuous and transitory. Theoretical assumptions about violence and women are primarily expressed as victimizations occurring throughout their lifespan, or, because of their lifestyle. Witnessing and being victimized by violence is an important factor in the causation of violence throughout a lifespan, irrespective of gender. If being exposed to physical, sexual and emotional abuse throughout childhood trains males for future violent activity, the same potential exists for females. Although the intensity of the physical violence engaged in by males may be judged as more severe, women may use objects, weapons, and now technology as a means of equalizing this differential.
ACCESSION #
11595861

 

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