The Trouble with Aileen Wuornos, Feminism's “First Serial Killer”

  title={The Trouble with Aileen Wuornos, Feminism's “First Serial Killer”},
  author={Kyra Pearson},
  journal={Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies},
  pages={256 - 275}
  • K. Pearson
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Lesbian prostitute Aileen Wuornos was popularly termed “America's first female serial killer.” Between 1989 and 1990, she killed six men, later testifying they had raped or attempted to rape her. By analyzing media coverage of Wuornos’ story, I argue that Wuornos’ incommensurability with available stories of women who kill illustrates the need to expand the rhetorical resources that make female violence and victimage intelligible. After demonstrating that Wuornos’ gender transgressions were… Expand
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