Intersectionality and the Changing Face of Ecofeminism


Kings, A.E. 2017. “Intersectionality and the Changing Face of Ecofeminism.” Ethics & the Environment 22 (1): 63-87.

Author: A.E. Kings


With its longstanding commitment to intersectional analysis, ecofeminism has always concerned itself with understanding the unique experiences of those who face discrimination, but it is only recently that ecofeminists have come to label their work as explicitly intersectional. This paper will examine the changing nature of ecofeminism and the importance of continuing to work within an intersectional framework. I will begin by reviewing the genealogy of intersectionality and ecofeminism, before exploring the current directions which intersectional ecofeminism is taking and the limitations which challenge intersectional theorisation. I will demonstrate the importance of an intersectional Indian ecofeminist approach, by exploring the complex circumstances surrounding the management of menstrual hygiene amongst young women in rural India: an issue which if approached non-intersectionally, would effectively silence their struggle.

Topics: Environment, Feminisms, Ecofeminism, Intersectionality

Year: 2017

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