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Oppression and Victimization; Choice and Responsibility

Susan Wendell
Hypatia
Vol. 5, No. 3 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 15-46
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3809974
Page Count: 32
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Oppression and Victimization; Choice and Responsibility
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Abstract

This essay discusses a cluster of problems for feminist theory and practice which concern responsibility and choice under conditions of oppression. I characterize four major perspectives from which situations of oppression or victimization can be seen and questions about choice and responsibility answered: The Perspective of the Oppressor; The Perspective of the Victim; The Perspective of the Responsible Actor; and The Perspective of the Observer/Philosopher. I compare their strengths and weaknesses and discuss their compatibility.

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