A certain Greg Hampikian, professor of biology and criminal justice at Boise State University and the director of the Idaho Innocence Project, penned a piece in the New York Times. He explained why men basically are no longer necessary in either the reproduction or caring of the human species, and even managed to tie it in with criminal tendencies.
My initial reaction to the article: it was just another opinion piece written by someone acting as the devil’s advocate in a bid for attention and notoriety. However, it quickly became very evident that from a purely scientific standpoint, Mr. Hampikian was justified in giving men a collective kick in the cojones.
After the initial shock wore off, a slightly indignant feeling came over me. I wondered who would dare post such a provocative piece that could potentially be taken too seriously by many readers. Indeed I wondered whether the writer was of the female persuasion at times, before regaining control of my objective and analytical side.
An interesting argument in the article that caught my attention: “Meanwhile women live longer, are healthier and are far less likely to commit a violent offense. If men were cars, who would buy the model that doesn’t last as long, is given to lethal incidents and ends up impounded more often?” Tell me that doesn’t have a nasty side dish of truth served with it.
Now, before anyone flies off the handle and starts calling me names that just wouldn’t be appropriate. Be rest assured that Mr. Hampikian’s perfect, all-female world, probably isn’t going to happen for some time simply because of factors other than the scientific ones. If you need to have that explained just drop me a line, or ask your neighbor.
Anyway, being immersed in the background check business for the past couple of years, I have to say that the majority of criminal records are indeed attached to men. Also, lately the news has been filled with stories of one homicide after another, and if I recall correctly there have been very few reports of a female being actively involved.
However, while the violent tendencies aren’t there, women are becoming more involved in white collar crime. Kristen Gerencher of The Wall Street Journal wrote an article way back in 2001 about the rates of female, white collar crime. She says: “In 1999, women accounted for 44 percent of all fraud arrests, up from 27 percent in 1970, according to the NWCCC. Their rate of forgery and counterfeiting arrests jumped to 38 percent two years ago, up from 24 percent in 1970.”
So…regardless of whether one half of the species may not be needed, it seems that crime is an equal opportunity employer.
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