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Traditional gender related explanations of deviance are biased This is because gender and its associated paradigms of masculinity and femininity lie on the fundamental principle of male superiority and dominance over women within both social and political-economic spheres Women have gender specific roles and expectations reinforced by the institution of family of which the scope for normal behaviour is both considerably more narrow and restrictive compared to that of men Explanations of womens engagement in deviant acts have traditionally tended to rely on positivistic explanations which centralises expectations which reflect marital and reproductive roles Deviation from dominant notions of femininity was viewed as a consequence of biological defect However this perspective reflects a deterministic view of womens deviance by positing natural or biological qualities as fundamental aspects in female deviation Feminists argue that although a child may have a biological sex it has no gender identity Gender identity is a social construct of behaviour applicable templates shaped predominately by the family and the media with a result of an internalised gender identity corresponding to the social expectations for that gender Feminist theories of womens deviance are based upon a Marxist like premise that women are structurally disadvantaged Radical feminists see male domination and female subordination as a manifestation of the patriarchal society we exist in Feminist theory views womens engagement in deviant acts as the result of social oppression and economic dependency upon men or the welfare apparatus of the state as opposed to construction of gender identity against the dominant notions of femininity From a feminist perspective the criminalisation process and labelling of women as deviant is laden with sexist assumptions which act to reinforce the structural inequalities of gender in our patriarchal society It is these sex-based assumptions of gender role expectations that determine how deviant behaviour is construed Womens denied access to power in the patriarchal society is
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