CRIM 362. Gender, Sexualities and Crime

The course deals with the many ways that societal beliefs about gender and sexuality interact with the way crime happens, and is treated in and out of the criminal justice system.

 We will explore myths vs. reality when it comes to assumptions about gender and crime, and how the unique ways we socialize girls and women, as well as boys and men, shape criminality inside and outside of the female/male gender binary. We will discuss how being perceived as a member of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) communities impacts perceptions of criminality, and treatment inside of the criminal justice system. We will various aspects of that criminal justice system, and how it interacts with some of the most marginalized groups in our society, including gender and sexual minorities, especially when those identities intersect with race and class.


Messerschmidt, James W. 2014. Crime as Structured Action: Doing Masculinities, Race, Class, Sexuality, and Crime. ISBN: 978-1-4422-2540-4.