Jackie the Ripper: Where Are All the Female Serial Killers on TV?

By on Jun 22, 2013 in Gender in the Media | 2 comments

UPDATE: This post appeared on Feministe on July 10, 2013.  After you’re finished, read my follow up: The Link Between Media Violence and Real-Life Aggression. Dexter is entering its final season and that means soon we’ll have to say goodbye to TV’s favorite serial killer. The show is such a hit because its plot is unique. Instead of recycling the standard detective-chases-bad guy trope, the show’s writers gave us the righteous anti-hero Dexter, a serial killer who only kills other serial killers and evildoers who deserve to die. But if you’re wondering where you’ll get your weekly dose of gore when Dex finally goes off the air, never fear. You’ll still have your share of psychopaths to watch thanks to Fox’s The Following, NBC’s Hannibal, BBC’s The Fall and CBS’ The Mentalist. True, these follow the more traditional approach,...