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Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 16, Issue 1, 2019

Tadd Ruetenik
Pages 91-101

Victim Blaming and Victim-Blaming Shaming

By considering various case studies drawn from contemporary culture, I propose the idea of victim-blaming shaming, which, like victim blaming, involves replicating injustice by focusing attention on the particular situation rather than the general problem. In cases of victim-blaming shaming, a person is criticized for in any way addressing a problem by addressing the victim. Victim-blaming not only involves an inconsistent ethic, but because of this inconsistency promotes that which it opposes. It responds to a social problem by directing attention to an individual within that problematic social situation.