‘Playing the victim’ is politically vital and morally serious

Victims are moral agents rather than moral patients.

A woman with her face painted with the feminist hand symbol attends a demonstration marking International Women's Day in Lisbon on March 8, 2019. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP/Getty Images)

Those who speak out against bad treatment are often dismissed as 'playing the victim', accused of dwelling on imagined slights or indulging in an exaggerated sense of grievance. In the face of ridicule or, worse, the threat of violence, it would be easier to keep quiet. And yet, victims of injustice often do speak up: far from any desire for glory, they are often morally motivated, and act from a sense of duty.

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