Ecofeminism against Capitalism and for the Commons


Giacomini, Terran, Terisa Turner, Ana Isla, and Leigh Brownhill. 2018. “Ecofeminism against Capitalism and for the Commons.” Capitalism Nature Socialism 29 (1): 1-6.

Authors: Terran Giacomini, Terisa Turner, Ana Isla, Leigh Brownhill


“For us, ecofeminism is based on an understanding that women and Nature are exploited by capitalists. Ecofeminist action stands against this exploitation and affirms the commons. Commons (commoning or “recommoning,” to defend the commons) refers to the new and already existing social relations (“ancient futures”) that defend and build shared control over the means of life, while prioritizing those who are most exploited and undermined by capitalism. We see shared control being built through direct actions to stop capitalist destruction; defend and build community-controlled food and renewable energy production and exchange; and extend command over the shared life-ground on which all people and other beings depend. Women commoners are showing the way toward a post-fossil-capitalist epoch (see Figure 1). This ecofeminist special issue seeks to highlight some of the ecofeminist solutions, visions, and practices of women commoners and their allies around the world so they can be shared more widely. Let 2018 be the year that people everywhere join such women to end violence by ending global capitalism and affirming the commons” (Giacomini 2018, 5). 

Topics: Environment, Climate Change, Feminisms, Ecofeminism, Gender, Women, Livelihoods

Year: 2018

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