Criminology theories can be gender neutral based on the context in which they have been constructed; the theorist intention and interpretations of those reading them. Gender neutrality would mean refraining from stereotyping, labeling and profiling. These are the three main assumptions criminologists have to take into consideration when thinking about whether theories can be extended beyond gender exclusive of gender biases. The prepositions which influence gender neutrality are the same which present its barriers keeping it within specific conceptual frameworks.
Precisely gender theorists as it pertains to crime posit that from their research some crimes are committed predominantly by males or females. From that standpoint then, elements of stereo typing will evolve. The crime detective without researching a specific situation will attach a male face to crimes stereotyped in that category exclusive of the supposition that it could have been someone of another gender. Hence it is very difficult to establish a gender neutral theoretical perspective. This is exactly the barriers to solving unsolved crimes in the crime-scientology.
Alternative theories which justify gender neutrality are those which do not actually view an interaction from the perspective of gender. Self concept theories re-enforce that it all has to do with self esteem and actual labels society places on persons of a particular gender, race, economic status and geographic location. This is beyond gender. The theorist intention here is the prevailing element. It can be colored with prejudice thereby producing subjective assumptions. Drug crime theories cater to profiled ethics groups.
It is a personal belief that theses theories are highly subjective depending largely on what the criminologist intents to prove with his personal agenda. Crime is a very sensitive subject when viewed from the perspectives of gender ethnicity and geographic locations. The truth is that innocent persons can become targets due to gender confining theories. This is the extent to which theories can be interpreted from a gender neutrals perspective, barriers created and maintained as well as applied. REFERENCE Bernard et. al (2010) Printed.