The Equalizer? Crime, Vulnerability, and Gender in Pro-Gun Discourse

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Alongside literature on how crime and crime control reproduce racial inequality, less attention has been paid to how the social construction of crime reproduces masculine privilege. To address this gap, I examine 71 interviews with gun carriers. While gun carriers actively promote guns to women, they tend to assume a masculine perspective on crime by emphasizing fast, warlike violence perpetrated by strangers-the kinds of crime men, as opposed to women, are likely to face. Extending theories of vulnerability to gun politics, I argue that the social construction of crime is a key vehicle through which gender is reproduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-83
Number of pages25
JournalFeminist Criminology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • gun ownership by women
  • social construction of crime
  • vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law


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