Critical and Constructive Contributions of Ecofeminism

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Spretnak, Charlene. 1993. “Critical and Constructive Contributions of Ecofeminism.” The Bucknell Review 37 (2): 181–89.

Author: Charlene Spretnak

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Summary:
"In summary, ecofeminism is a movement that focuses attention on the historical linkage between denigration of nature and the female. It seeks to shed light on why Eurocentric societies, as well as those in their global sphere of influence, are now enmeshed in environmental crises and economic systems that require continuing the ecocide and the dynamics of exploitation. Ecofeminism continues the progression within traditional feminism from attention to sexist to attention to all systems of human oppression (such as racism, classism, ageism, and heterosexism) to recognize that “naturism” (the exploitation of nature) is also a result of the logic of domination. Ecofeminism challenges environmental philosophy to abandon postures upholding supposedly gender-free abstract individualism and “rights” fixations and to realize that human relationships (between self and the rest of the world) are constitutive, not peripheral” (Spretnak 1993, 187-8).

Topics: Economies, Environment, Feminisms, Ecofeminism, Gender

Year: 1993

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