Moral Policing Essay

1182 words - 5 pages

MORAL POLICING, WOMEN, MEDIA AND PERSONAL FREEDOMMoral policing is a controversial term. Its supporters say it is an important function to be performed to safeguard our culture against western influence and save our youth from corruption. Those who oppose it see it as a threat to individual freedom and democratic dissent. I would not have been interested in these debates till I saw them affecting my life as an individual and more so as a woman.What is morality? How moral policing is gender biased? These are not questions you would want to spend your evening on but somehow they have been bothering me for a while. It all started when grandma told me not to booze because it is immoral for a girl. I was aghast not because I was desperate to get drunk but her telling me its 'immoral for girls'. What hit me was not it is immoral but for girls and I started on with my need for breaking gender stereotypes lecture. Later when I thought about it the reference to morality struck me.I started noticing how conveniently the moral argument was used to dissuade a woman from exercising her will. How moral standards shifted across gender lines slowly became apparent.If a woman is promiscuous she is labelled a slut but a man is called a stud for the same. The moral connotations apply only to the woman. Modesty and chastity are two virtues a woman's morality is judged on. Both of them aim at controlling a woman's sexuality. The same test of morality is not applied to a man.Why such a discrepancy? Morals are principles expected to guide the conduct of whole humanity then why this discrimination between the sexes? It alarmed me.I was not surprised when Tamil actress Khusboo was accused of dishonouring Tamil women when she said, "educated men should not expect their wives to be virgins." Her effigies were burnt and she was forced to make a public apology. Her crime being she dared to speak her mind on a subject that touches up on a woman's sexual morality. It was to be expected of a patriarchal system that tries to reinforce itself by making its victims appear like criminals for not adhering to restrictions imposed by convention in the name of morality.I was outraged when self-appointed custodians of morality played the same card and banned dance bars in Mumbai. Dancing is a creative expression and in a country where everyone enjoys the right to profession dancing to earn money cannot be illegal. The argument given here was immorality of these women and there corrupting influence on public morals. What lies forgotten is they are not forcing people to come and see their performances but cater to a niche willing audience. There rights to expression and profession are also looked over. They are morally deviant women and they don't count.Same logic of morality was extended to impose a dress code on women in Banglore University. Students were told to dress up modestly so they can be protected from eve teasing and sexual abuse. Blaming the victim for being violated is easier...

Find Another Essay On Moral policing

The Core Function of Police in Reference to Wilson and Keeling's Broken Windows Thesis

2848 words - 11 pages certain areas were targeted. As the police service was rolled out across other metropolitan areas, similar styles of policing were introduced although not with out some contention. The prioritisation of crime prevention and maintenance of order, was contested, particularly after a moral panic in 1862 when MP Hugh Pilkington was robbed (Muncie and McLaughlin 2002, the problem of crime p.145) this raised many concerns

Law Enforcement: Issues Essay

1133 words - 5 pages Police gratuities - the long-time and controversial practice of providing unsolicited largess to sworn law enforcement officers - is a situation that was debated on legal and moral grounds. The acceptance of gratuities has been scrutinized since the beginning of policing. The gratuity provenance stems from the early days of policing when service was provided by a fee-for-service system. When a citizen's property was stolen, one would pay a

UCR Research, Unified Crime Reports

823 words - 3 pages duties was not even paid; it was an agreed service by each village, town, city, or community. My thoughts on preparation here for those policing volunteers are that they had to have been of high moral and ethical standards. They must have had good relations with the entire community in that they were regulating much of the events, and transactions in those days. I would imagine they also had to have had a clean image, both inside and outside. For

State Police Department Memorandum

1962 words - 8 pages the citizens of the state is an important matter that must be maintained. The Policing profession is a noble profession and attracts individuals who have certain characteristics such as being responsible and having an authoritative personality and one who acts on behalf of others without concern for their own safety and well being. Many of these officers have a preconceived notion of what the profession is about and how to make the world a safer

To what extent does modern technology pose new challenges for the police in balancing liberty and order concerns.

2835 words - 11 pages Technology - the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.Ethics - the moral principles governing or influencing conduct. (Little 2002)The definitions of the above are unique in the fact that they can be completely at harmony with each other or mortal enemies.The police cannot operate without information and have in recent years become more intelligence-led focussed. Most forces have moved away from the reactive style of

Police Power

2272 words - 9 pages , it is difficult for the officer to keep his commitment to the system. Where moral commitment is lost, sub cultural practices take over. One such practice that exacerbates the relationship of the police with the public is harassment. Therefore police create their own sub cultural practices which include harassment.Author Albert J. Reiss offers an alternative explanation to why some citizens feel they have been harassed. His view is that that

Under-representation of Women In Law Enforcement

2252 words - 9 pages Why are women under-represented in law enforcement agencies? This is the major question that I sought out to find an answer for. There obviously is a shortage of women that work for law enforcement agencies around America. According to the National Center for Women in Policing there are were only 13.3% of women involved in law enforcement in 1997. And this number has not raised much since that time. There is obviously a problem that we as

Causes Of Crimes

701 words - 3 pages policing, many experts say, "what you try to do is build a critical mass of people who always do what's right, who would not tolerate corruption and wrongdoing, says Walter Sirene, who teaches ethics at the FBI Academy.I think that the police department should, not only motivate moral standards for encouraging cops to stay good, but the department should use techniques to help cops better understand that they are Justice. And, if they are corrupt, Justice will always be limited.

Hip Hop Music Culture

2140 words - 9 pages teenagers killed in Birmingham had been avid fans of rap music was also frequently quoted in the media debates about their killing. The above story is symptomatic of the moral panics involving crime and race. The policing of groups such as Niggas With Attitude and So Solid Crew reflected this increasing tendency to criminalize hip-hop artists, their music and their audiences. Incidental and minor acts of violence were characterised by the mass media

Is the Western Australian Response to Shark Attacks an Example of a Moral Panic?

1390 words - 6 pages public, though able to access these statistics and information, and aware of these policies in Queensland, have not responded in the form or manner they did in response to Barnett’s announcement. It is also suggested by sociologists, especially those involved in the study ‘Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order’, that moral panics “develop particularly during times of crisis, serving to draw the public attention away from

Recommendation Report - Choosing an Aplicant for Police Recruitment

2248 words - 9 pages : Conscientiousness - Very High Agreeableness - Average Openness to Experience - Low Extraversion - Average Neuroticism - Average Personality Profile: Conscientiousness - High Agreeableness - Average Openness to Experience - High Extraversion - High Neuroticism - Average Interviewer Comments: Good communication skills Excellent knowledge of criminology and policing High motivation for police role Interviewer Comments: Excellent communication skills Little

Similar Essays

Eras Of American Policing And Their Origin

1636 words - 7 pages hiring qualified and experienced police chiefs along with intelligent rank and file officers with moral character (Walker & Katz, 2012). This was a huge advancement from the previous era which allowed anyone with wealth or political status to take on the duties of an officer. Technology and patrol were also improved significantly during the professional era of policing. Patrol cars were introduced prior to World War I with two way radios just

Community Policing Essay

2089 words - 9 pages Contrast of Pre-Community Policing and Current Community Policing The start of the three eras of policing came about in 1845 with the organization of police departments in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. New York was the first city to have paid police officers. New York stockbrokers went to England and returned with a model for policing derived from the London Metropolitan Police Act of 1829 (Jackson, 2006. Pg. 14) The London Metropolitan

Community Organizing And Policing Essay

3091 words - 12 pages employs health and human services programs as well as more traditional law enforcement with an emphasis of crime prevention. It represents a change from a reactive model of law enforcement to one dedicated to developing the moral structure of communities. (Adams, 89) Community policing strives to establish a greater community-officer relationship in order to educate citizens on what behaviors constitute a crime and the appropriate

What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?

995 words - 4 pages ; it is a moral responsibility to call an ambulance. The author fails to distinguish between the two types of "owe" that have been mentioned above. "Owe" simply represents responsibility. For example, if a person loves another person, a responsibility to look after the loved person comes into existence by itself. There is no legal system that will force a person to protect his/her loved ones. In a case, emotions take the policing role of the