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In crossing from the realm of criminology and radical victimology to the realm of feminist victim activism, we find rather different versions of the word 'victim'. In general, the relationship between feminism and the word 'victim' is extremely complex. On the one hand, feminism serves to remind women of their capacities for positive action and agency (or, to put it another way, to construct women as the bearers of these capacities). On the other hand, feminism aims to examine, critique and oppositionally counter the variety of ways in which women are constituted as passive non-agents in relation to men. The moral purchase of 'victim' can be irresistible politically, but at the same time calling oneself, or all women, or some women, 'victims' in the classic sense of the term can cede agency, court misrepresentation, and reaffirm a chillingly familiar image of feminine weakness. This last objection-the reaffirmation of weakness-is particularly significant to feminist victim activist definitions of the word 'victim', and the well known predilection for an alternative word, 'survivor.' For some, 'victim' simply denotes the dead: sufferers of fatal abuse. In accord with this, a 'survivor' is one who literally survives abuse. For others, 'victim' refers to "those who blame themselves, carry shame, or continue to let others victimise them". Here, a victim is one whose momentary victimisation has become an abiding aspect of their self-identity and social being. A victim's 'allowance' of further victimisation is linked to having blamed herself for her original victimisation. Self-blame lends victim identity a self-perpetuating character and makes victimhood a kind of mire one must work to escape. I will concentrate on this second definition of victim, and on the version of 'survivor' with which it is generally paired.
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As a graduate student in the 150-hour Program in Accounting, Rachel Crook has worked hard to distinguish herself as an exciting prospect after graduation, and she plans to sit for the CPA exam in February 2015 to become a certified public accountant. In addition to her time at the Rawls, she is active within the Honors College and currently serves as an Honors Ambassador. Rachel is working on her honors thesis on feminism and pop culture which will be published next Spring. She is also a member of the Honors Book Club and a regular participant at Honors Lunch Discussion. Outside the classroom, Rachel is a member of Texas Tech’s Triathlon team. During the academic year, she works as a teaching assistant for the School of Accounting. Over the summer, Rachel is showcasing the skills she learned in the classroom at her internship with ConocoPhillips.