So, first I think I need to explain what ecofeminism is not.
Ecofeminism is not the assumption that men abuse nature because women are close to nature.
This is my feeble attempt at explaining ecofeminism
Ecofeminism is more of a philosophy (or at least that is how I understand it)
The principles of ecofeminism are that the same ideology used to oppress women is the same thing that we use to oppress nature.
The general ideas of “We are this, nature is other” “We are men, women are other” are lined up to create the ideology that it is okay to abuse the other or treat it as less than.
Because people are seen as superior to nature and a part from it
and men are seen as superior to women and a part from them
We’d be hoping to start to see ourselves as equal with nature, because we really are.
When we start to see ourselves as the same as nature, then we’ll stop abusing it, because not many people purposely abuse themselves. This is the ECO
Likewise, we’d be hoping to see women as equal to men, because they really are.
When we start to see women and men as the same thing, then we can rid ourselves of a lot of gendered abuse. This is the FEMINISM
And there you have it: Ecofeminism
So when I first stumbled upon Lady Darwin I had zero idea what “ecofeminism” meant. I found this to be a pretty helpful explanation. Perhaps this is already on here somewhere, but oh well! :)
Virginia Woolf, A Sketch of the Past
I am always looking for the embodiment of nature and literature and art and queerness in other people or works, and this quote gave me pause, as her words often do. People seem to view ecosystems and ecology as obtuse and incomprehensible except in the way that you care about the forests and the arctic and the oceans because you know that you hurt when you see mountains stripped of trees and aerial shots of oil plumes in the Gulf of Mexico, but you don’t know why, and this quote, this quote by a woman who would die decades before oil crises and climate chaos and hydrofracking, this quote tells you why.
Because we are killing ourselves.