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Victimhood and feminism 17 March 2010
Has 'victim' become a dirty word?

Is it true that 'victim' has become a dirty word - almost a term of abuse? Some feminists are arguing that women are no longer prepared to admit to their own vulnerabilities, with devastating social consequences. But other commentators are convinced that being a 'victim', and thus deserving special treatment, has actually become an aspiration for many of us. Jenni hears from Professor Alyson Cole, author of 'The Cult of True Victimhood', and asks Valerie Walkerdine, Professor in the School of Social Studies at the University of Cardiff, and the writer Jane McLoughlin whether reclaiming the notion of ‘victimhood’ in the 21st century would help or hinder women.
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