The Female Offender

The Female Offender


Lombroso, Caesar. New York: Philosophical Library, 1958. Blue cloth. 7.5x5in. [12] + 313pp. Illustrated. Some slight foxing to text block. DJ chipped severely at head of spine, in mylar. Very good.

Originally published in 1895, this curious and misguided work attempts to peer into the psyche of the hardened female criminal (generally prostitutes.) In between the casual racism and sexism there are sections of genuine interest, like prison tattoo trends, and ranking women's physical senses like they were X-Men.

Yes, most of the physical statistics were used in conjunction with Lombroso's bananas atavism theories, though, if you ignore the batshit conclusions, the hard data is actually kinda fascinating. Were more poisoners right- or left-handed? You'll have to check the book.

Just kidding. Obviously it's right-handed because a greater percentage of the population is right-handed so it's statistically equivalent. Although oddly there is a correlation between being left-handed and being poisoned. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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