R.I.P. Louise Bourgeois

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French-born artist Louise Bourgeois died on Monday at the age of 98. Bourgeois was best known for her anatomically-themed sculptures, which depicted dismembered parts of the human body in nightmarishly gorgeous distortions. The cause of death was heart failure. [NYT]

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Valkyrie607 of the lady-ghetto

I never knew about Louise Bourgeois until she died, sadly.

But you know what pissed me off this morning? Listening to NPR's obituary, the announcer was like, "She was considered a feminist icon, BUT she never looked at herself as a victim."

Can someone please explain the placement of the "but" in that sentence? Is NPR really saying that being a feminist icon is only possible if you consider yourself a victim?