Crime and Law

Blog Post #1


Today’s society has an obsession with romanticizing criminals and certain crimes, which I believe is the reason why crime shows are so popular and fascinating for many people. I can certainly vouch for this as my favorite types of shows are crime based and I think everyone loves a good serial killer documentary. When I read this question I had two specific series come to mind that would be perfect for analysis.

Opening Discussions and Key Questions: How Indigenous Women are Treated as Victims

        The phenomena of Indigenous women going missing over the past decades has only recently been getting mass media coverage and government attention. This blog post will examine the intersectionalities on Indigenous women and how they have been perceived in their pursuit of justice. First I want to describe justice; justice is often personified through Lady Justice, who is depicted carrying a sword, scale and blindfold. The sword, or 'Sword of Truth' is meant to represent tempered punishment while the scales represent weighted justice.

Police Forces Unfounded

On February 3, 2017, the Globe and Mail released it’s twenty-month long study on unfounded sexual assault cases which revealed that police forces through out Canada had dismissed one out of every five cases as “unfounded” between the years of 2010 to 2014. Unfounded is a classification used by police forces to close a file that is deemed “baseless.”  A story was shared about a young woman named Ava and her experience in reporting a sexual assault which happened in 2010 while attending University in London, Ontario.

CSI Question 1

Growing up I always watched the original CSI with my parents and it to a degree shaped the way I thought of the criminal world and how it was investigated. I would also say that it was one of the reason why I took forensics based courses both at Algoma university and while at Lake Superior State University. I quickly realized that there was more to being in forensics then looking good and having one liners that popped the way they did on TV.

Popular Culture and Gendered perspectives of Crime: Harley Quinn

            An extremely popular villain that both conforms and differs with elements of gendered perspectives in criminology is Harley Quinn. There are many portrayals of this character, and many types of media in which she appears. Harley Quinn appears in comics, animated films, and recently, the movie “Suicide Squad” The portrayal of the character in “Suicide Squad” seemed quite obvious in the trailers. Considering the portrayal of Harley Quinn in a less known movie seemed like an interesting idea.

Togas, Sandals, Murder: A Gendered Analysis of Criminals in Ancient Rome

As a self-proclaimed professional Netflix connoisseur, I have consumed a fair bit of modern media. As crime has been a constant throughout human history, it is no surprise that it permeates popular culture and, in some cases, romanticized. However, within the realm of fiction there exists additional avenues of representing crime in unrealistic or embellished light. From super villains, to modern values being projected on historical figures, modern criminal aspects can be seen and analyzed in a dynamic way.

The Gender of Lying: Jian Ghomeshi and the Historical Construction of Truth

The Gender of Lying: Jian Ghomeshi and the Historical Construction of Truth

The case involving Jian Ghomeshi indicates how the Canadian law does not protect women against sexual harassment despite laws prohibiting such misconducts. Jian Ghomeshi, a former employee for CBC Radio engaged himself in several instances of harassing fellow women employees (Blackwell, 2014). Despite, accusation to the organization’s manager, the manager did nothing towards the issue; but instead told the complaining lady to change herself in order to avoid the harassment.

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Intersecting Identities and Issues in the Legal System

For this blog post, I have chosen the topic of the release of suspect Paul Bernardo in the case of “the Scarborough Rapist”. This case will help me examine the effects of intersectional identities and issues in the criminal justice system. This will also show how gender can interact with other components of a person’s identity.

Criminal Minds


Throughout the episodes and seasons, there have been a variety of different types of criminals that have been depicted. In general there have been a lot more men serial killers on the show than women. So is does this mean men are more likely to be a serial killer or does it mean more women commit more less serious crimes and are therefore less likely to be in the spotlight? Despite saying this there have been women serial killers depicted in the show throughout the seasons.

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