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A woman’s right to crime

October 10, 2013

 

HANNAH SCHILLING
Features Editor

 

SCHILLING

SCHILLING

The Women’s Rights Movement has been pretty busy lately fighting for things like equal pay and equal opportunities in the work place.

 

But what about the equal right to be a criminal?

 

When one week ago, a suspect in a black luxury sedan rammed into a barrier at the White House, sped to Capitol Hill and was shot and killed, the public was shocked to find out it was a woman. Not only a woman, but a woman with her 1-year-old daughter in the backseat.

 

The shock on social media and even in person when discussing the incident with friends was apparent. And I didn’t know whether to be flattered or offended.

 

“Oh, you don’t think a woman can be malicious or crazy enough to do something like this? We’re too responsible and whatnot? Thank you!” or “Oh, you don’t think a woman can do something like this? Only men are allowed to commit criminal acts? Nice, you sexist person.”

 

When a terrorist group took hostages in a mall called Westgate in Kenya, with 67 reported killed and dozens still missing, one of the suspects named happened to be a woman.

 

The same shock occurred. Even the media had headlines in bold: “Westgate suspects found in rubble, including woman.”

 

“Aw, you don’t think a woman can be hateful enough to be a terrorist? That’s sweet!” or “You don’t think a woman is strong or brave enough to carry out a terrorist attack? How naïve.”

 

I’m leaning toward the latter. After all, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

 

Kenyan police did make a statement saying no woman was involved in the attacks, so I guess the shock was somewhat valid.

 

Looking at the statistics, I guess the shock is understandable. In 2011, the United States Department of Justice compiled homicide statistics in the United States between 1980 and 2008. Males committed the vast majority of homicides in the United States, representing 90 percent of offenders.

 

I guess women have been too busy fighting for things like the right to their own body and the right to earn the same pay as a man in the workplace. They just don’t have time for murders.

 

I’m sure they’ll get around to fighting for equal rights to commit a crime. Until then, I’ll continue to be just as shocked and sad when either sex commits such atrocities.

 

Hannah Schilling is a senior journalsim and political science major from Bossier City who serves as features editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to hms017@latech.edu.

 

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