The Age of Sex Crime

The Age of Sex Crime

The Age of Sex Crime

The Age of Sex Crime


Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men felt threatened by women, he replied that, "They are afraid women will laugh at them." When she asked a group of women why women felt threatened by men, they said, "We're afraid of being killed."

When is an act sexed? When do you kill, or die, as a member of your gender, and when as whoever else you are? Are you ever anyone else?

Catharine A. MacKinnon

Most men just hate women. Ted Bundy killed them.

Jimmy McDonough

Lust-murder, rape-murder, serial murder, recreational murder: these are new terms for a relatively new kind of crime. And accompanying these are new names or, more accurately, nicknames for a new kind of criminal. Names like Jack the Ripper, the Düsseldorf Ripper, the Blackout Ripper, Jack the Stripper, the Lipstick Killer, the Boston Strangler, Poland's Red Spider, the Michigan Murderer, the Cape Cod Killer, the Coed Killer, the Strangler of the Andes, the Mad Biter, the Son of Sam, the Hillside Strangler, the Yorkshire Ripper, the Stocking Strangler, the Trashbag Murderer, the Atlanta Child Killer, the Beauty Queen Killer, the Green River Killer, the Night Stalker, the Southside Killer. Why such colorful masks? Why such drama? And why the accelerating procession of such killers marked by territory and remembered by method?

Yet even these most sensational cases only just sight the borders of what law enforcement agencies have lately recognized as a new phenomenon—the rapidly increasing incidence of serial sex killings. FBI statistics show serial murders to have increased drastically in the last twenty years. There were 644 such murders in 1966 and an estimated . . .

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