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Women's and Gender Studies
Victoria Tahmasebi

WEEK 8 EcofeminismHuman NatureNot separate from the natural environment Ecology the relationship between organisms and their environmentEconomicsocial formations create their own specific relationship with natureIndustrial capitalist societiesOngoing conversion of Nature into industrial productsDomination the natureHuman nature is not separate from the natural environment that nourishes us sustains usEcology the relationship between organisms and their environment creates human nature Every economic and social formation creates its own specific relationship with nature eg huntinggathering societies had a different relationship with nature than modern societies have with natureHuntinggathering societies characteristics they had a peaceful coexistence with the natural environment therefore because they had a peaceful balanced ecology the individuals in these societies were less dominating and less aggressive their nature is more intune with the natural cycle of lifeThe modern capitalistic societies these societies are based on the ongoing conversion of nature into industrial products for this society to survive it needs to dominate the nature the systems survival is based on dominating nature and in the process to destroy it we must expect systematic violence against nature this violence is not accidentalit is the structural necessity of industrial capitalist societies for ecofeminists we humans pay a big price for this there are two very specific harms that ecofeminists say about this in this process 1 we turn into competitive and aggressive human beings and 2 we destroy the nature that sustains usThese traits alienate us Human NatureSince 17th centuryNature as the otherViolence against the natureViolence not accidentalArtificial dualism of naturecultureHuman beings in industrial capitalist societiesalienated individualistic aggressive and competitiveThe conflict between men and women come after the violence and conflict between human and nature
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