Historical Explanations of Female Crime
Focus on regulating the sexuality of women
-Maintenance of women's place in the home
-Locates criminality in the individual physiological and psychological abnormalities of women.
-Ignores women's subordinate place in patriarchal society
-Idealization of white, middle class femininity.
Lomroso: Women are biologically inferior to men
-Lack the "higher sensibilities" of men (Intelligence, Passion)
-Lack the physical prowess to commit crime
-women biologically less capable of crime
-Women who commit crime are masculine
-Possess the biological traits of men