Whenever I read about true crime on the internet, men (and some women) like to show up in the comments to "Just put it out there- do you think there's a double standard in the way everyone talks about Aileen Wournos and male serial killers? Like, people feel SORRY for her, even sorrier for her than for her victims. Is this because she's a woman?"
I was talking about this with my dad and he's a conservative, mind you. He's always noticed this and found it annoying, too. First of all, Aileen Wournos was put to death. Plenty of serial killers, depending on the state where they are convicted, are not. So at the structural, material level, Aileen Wournos did not get any kind of legal perk for being a woman.
Other female serial killers, like Rose West, Myra Hindley, or those who kill family members for insurance money don't pull at our collective heart strings. In fact, they are considered especially revolting. So I don't think even at the social level, Aileen Wournos gets more sympathy for being a woman alone.
Aileen Wournos was pretty unique even among female serial killers. She wasn't a partner to a sadistic serial killer. She wasn't collecting insurance from family members. She was snapping on her nightly predators.
Sympathizers usually say "I believe she believed she was being raped." I'm sure I'm not alone here when I say I believe she KNEW she was being raped. Those men were not bringing her into their cars at 2 am to talk to her about Jesus Christ.
My dad is something of a radical feminist and doesn't know it. His attitude about Aileen Wournos is "What? It's true." He's rolled his eyes that her victims were all innocent, upstanding, loving family men. "I've never cruised bad areas at night when the wife is out of town."
(Yep, he said "the wife." Two steps forward, one step back).
Did these men deserve to die for their actions? I guess that depends on your views of crime and punishment. But Aileen's motive was what it was. It's impossible to apply critical thinking and view her the same way you do other female serial killers, let alone male ones.
It's not a p*ssy pass, you morons.