Feminism, Honor and Self-Defense: A Response to Hereth

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Sometimes victims cannot defend themselves against the threat posed to them, but they can nevertheless harm or even kill their aggressors. Since they cannot defend themselves, it is unclear how such harming can be justified under the title of self-defense. According to the “Honor Solution,” by violently resisting their aggressors, victims do (partially) defend themselves because they protect their honor. Blake Hereth recently argued that this solution is incompatible with the feminist commitment that sexual assault victims ought not to be shamed or dishonored. The purpose of my paper is to reject Hereth's criticism and defend the Honor Solution.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)64-78
Number of pages15
JournalPublic Affairs Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


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