Friday, June 19, 2009

So we're still shocked by it eh?

If you recall the town of Tracy, California was shocked when the main suspect in the murder of Sandra Cantu turned out to be a woman and not a man. Well it seems that the people of Mars Hill, Maine were caught off guard by the possibility of a bad woman as well.

Child Sex Charge Against Mom of Four Leaves Small Town Reeling

Julie M. Carr is facing charges of gross sexual assault and felony exploitation of a child for allegedly webcasting the assault of one of her four children (who all range from appoximately 18 months to 5 years) over the internet. A disturbing and horrifying crime indeed but just like the people of Tracy folks seem to be having a hard time with fathoming the idea that a woman can commit a violent crime or at least allow a violent crime to occur.

"It's just unbelievable that something like that would happen in this town," she said. "It's a shock. You usually hear about men doing stuff like this to children, but a woman? No, that's beyond even thinking about. And then to find out that it's her own child, that's just beyond anything someone could think about."

More of the standard, "Oh my god I can't believe a woman would do such a thing!", routine.

It would do us all a lot of good if people would take women down from this pedastal and quit acting as if women cannot do terrible things. Its assumptions like the woman above made that lead to investigators wasting resources on looking for men instead of looking for a suspect.