Feminism: Comparing crime and consequences

Rosa Salazar, Copy Editor

Is there a double standard between crimes committed by men versus crimes committed by women?

You bet your sweet bippy.

But before we begin talking statistics, let’s define what a crime is.

A crime is “an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law.” 

Basically, it’s doing stuff you know you shouldn’t be doing, but doing it anyway. 

Ok now you know what is considered a crime, but did you know there are four major types of crimes? Personal crimes include offenses against a person(s) including assault, battery, false imprisonment, kidnapping, homicide, and sexual assault. 

Property crimes are crimes that deal with a person’s property and/ or their money. Inchoate crimes are basically incomplete crimes where there is evidence with intent to commit a crime. 

Lastly, there are statutory crimes that include D.U. I and selling alcohol to teens.

Who commits the most crimes in a given year; men or women?

According to the FBI, its males, at least in 2012 that is.

In a report titled, “Crime in the US 2012,” types of crimes and the gender who committed them were recorded. 

Out of 9,446,660 total persons arrested, 6,972,023 (73.8 percent) million were male and 2,474,637 26.2 percent) million were female.

The types of crimes ranged from murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault all the way to lesser crimes such as curfew and loitering law violations.

All but one crime category (prostitution), males were the majority gender that was arrested.

In the forcible rape crime category, 13,971 persons were arrested. 

Males that were arrested were 13,840 (99.1 percent) and females that were arrested was 131 (0.9 percent).

In the robbery category, out of 80,487 persons arrested, 70, 059 were, you guessed it, male. And 10,428 were female.

Would you say rape and being jacked are two very different crimes? Umm yea.

Fast forward to the #metoo movement which is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault that began as a hashtag in October 2017.

It encouraged and continues to encourage victims of abuse to share their story.

Fast forward yet again to this year.

Recently, Cardi B’s past resurfaced with a three-year-old Instagram video where the rapper confesses she used to drug and rob men.

Before being a hot rising rap artist and a Grammy winner, Cardi B used to be a stripper at the age of 19.

“I’d drug ni**as up and I’d rob them,” she said in the video.

Many people were split between wanting to see Cardi B pay for her crimes, while others were saying what she did was in the past and she did what she did to get by.

In addition, people have been comparing Cardi B’s crimes to those of Bill Cosby’s rape allegations that surfaced last year in memes.

So basically, people are comparing rape and getting robbed. 

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get robbed than get raped and I think you can see why.

I have thousands of memes saved, and one of them has the “it’s the same picture” meme with these comparisons.

Bottom line, these are different crimes and they shouldn’t be compared!

Should Cardi B serve jail time? Nah, she doesn’t have the need to rob people!