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    A mother killing her children VS a man killing his children

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    (or - more generally - a man killing children vs a woman in the case of boyfriend/girlfriend, etc)

    Do your views towards either differ?

    Is one more understandable than the other?
    Is one easier to accept?
    Do you feel the judicial system treats men vs women differently?
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    Why Anyone would want to kill Anyone I just totally don't understand. I think hearing of children being killed upsets people more because children are defenceless and haven't even had a chance to really do anything. I consider all as bad and should all be treated the same in the courts.


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    OMG I don't like to think of either one.... but for whatever reason I think that the man killing his children is *gulp* easier to accept than the mother.... my only justification is that I feel like the mother is "in love" with her children before the father.... because they are a part of her.

    Oh wow.... you know I really don't know how to answer this.... because to be honest I'm really blessed and I feel like my husband loves our daughter ever bit as much as I do.... I can't seem to think about any dad or mom harming their children.... Sorry!
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    I think it's more of a shock to the system in general when a woman who birthed her children kills them.
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    Both are terrible.
    Usually women that kill their children are treated "better" (in the system and when it comes to sentencing) and courts take into consideration temporary insanity, post partum, etc. But it's still bad.
    Typically men that kill their children kill their whole family and then themselves. If they just kill their kids, they aren't given the same reasonings as women.

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    I can't stomach the idea of a mother killing her children. Ever. I know that there are medical/chemical/emotional issues in the cases that have been reported, but I just cannot fathom hurting my kids.
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    Both are bad.

    studies show that women who murder (in any situation, even after domestic violence) get harsher penalties than a man.

    I read a study that said if a woman murders her husband her sentence is 3 times longer than if a man murders his wife. I bet the child scenario would be much the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldilockz View Post
    I think it's more of a shock to the system in general when a woman who birthed her children kills them.


    I think people still have the idea that mothers should always be loving and nurturing, whereas its still socially accepted that a father be distant or not as close to their children as the mother is. So its much more of a when you hear about a mother doing it.
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    I think they are equally disgusting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpicky View Post
    Both are bad.

    studies show that women who murder (in any situation, even after domestic violence) get harsher penalties than a man.

    I read a study that said if a woman murders her husband her sentence is 3 times longer than if a man murders his wife. I bet the child scenario would be much the same.
    Not true. the studies show the opposite. My prof. wrote her dissertation on it- believe me, we hear about it ALLL the time.

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