Climate Systems, Carbon-Heavy Masculinity, and Feminist Exposure


Alaimo, Stacy. 2016. "Climate Systems, Carbon-Heavy Masculinity, and Feminist Exposure." In Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times, 91-108. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Keywords: environmentalism, global warming, gender, cultural studies, posthumanism, feminism, feminist theory, materialism, sexuality


The fourth chapter investigates the significance of gender in relation to global warming, arguing that a feminist response to climate change must not only challenge the ostensibly universal, transcendent perspective of big science and the hegemonic masculinity of impenetrable, aggressive consumption, but also the tendency within feminist organizations and NGOs to reinforce gendered polarities, heteronormativity, and the view of nature as a resource for domestic use. The chapter offers a politics of “insurgent vulnerability,” biodiversity, and sexual diversity as an alternative.

Topics: Environment, Climate Change, Feminisms, Gender, Masculinity/ies, Gender Roles, NGOs, Sexuality

Year: 2016

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