In her book When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence, author Patricia Pearson argues that women are universally perceived as passive victims rather than potential aggressors because both conservative patriarchs and feminists have a stake in maintaining the myth of female innocence.
To support her claim that violence is not inherently masculine, Pearson offers case studies, comprehensive statistics, and cross-cultural comparisons.
Very good resource for debunking the non-aggressive woman myth.
Circa 1990's but still a great read.
Created on 31 Mar 2012