1 Weekly Review of Readings #5 Were the strains identified in this research gendered? The article examines potential factors contributing to prostitution; the strains established in the analysis were gendered in a sample; divided into present and past female prostitutes which solicit “johns” and a sample of males which solicit there services. Prostitution is an illegal criminal activity; in the article prostitution is immensely gendered between females and men, furthermore the strains establish a difference between men and women (Bucher, Manasse & Milton, 2015) The research determines that due to the conflicting experiences that males and females have in their lives this factor contributes to the contrasting strains for their reasoning to commit such offences (Bucher, Manasse & Milton, 2015) Identified strains include: insufficient economic options available, drug use, female’s sensuality being more valued and males having an ideal masculinity complex representation. Therefore from these gendered strains it indicates that it can shape prostitution. How did the identified strains align or not align with Agnew’s GST? From the gathered research the strains identified such as drug use, insufficient economic options, sexuality and masculinity strain; these strains do align with Agnew’s theoretical viewpoint of general strain theory, suggesting strains can generate strength; leading to deviant approaches for ways of coping including how to handle having negative emotions which can ultimately lead to illegal activities (Bucher, Manasse & Milton, 2015) Furthermore Agnew’s theoretical viewpoint explains how these strains can create unfavourable emotions. When the identified strains provoke negative emotions it can create the individual to participate in illegal crimes such as prostitution.
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