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Subject Women and Crime: Premenstrual Issues OR why women shouldn't be Cops or Marines
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This Trends and Issues is the first in a series that will focus specifically on
women's issues in crime and criminal justice. The topic of premenstrual
tension is a fitting, if controversial one with which to begin the series. It
lacks credibility as a syndrome in certain sections of the community, and
feminists fear that its use in the courts will revive biological deterministic
theories of male superiority. It continues to be a cause of controversy and
dissension in both the medical and legal professions.
This Trends and Issues examines the research that links PMS and
deviant criminal behaviour. It also discusses possible ways that PMS could
be used in the courts, and reviews its application to date as a defence
strategy both in Australia and overseas.
The reality of this disorder and its consequences for a small minority of
women should not be ignored. Women and Crime: Premenstrual Issues is
an important contribution to the Australian literature on criminology.
Duncan Chappell
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