WSTB10- Week 10- Ecofeminism
Wangaei Maathai- Phd- “Man is digging her own grave when he cuts the trees” First
African woman, environmentalist to be awarded nobel prize. “We must start up in
what we believe in and we cannot be intimidated”
Women – reproduction,
Exploitation of the land
Ecofeminism- is not just about the environment
1980s the word came out as a result of the growing movement in England where
women were fighting against the military bases in the north of England. Crenham
The tree planting movements- there was a growing link between feminism and
It’s a critique of modern science (and positivist thinking)- separating nature and
culture (technology). “Nature has to be controlled” through technology
A critique of capitalism, colonialism and imperialism
An attempt to promote an earth- honoring spirit.
Controlling- female body had to be controlled. Their secxuality had to be controlled
and men were more rational then men.
Earth and women needed to be tamed an controlled and the civilization would be of
men who would be controlling.
Colonialism- established a way of thinking that some races needed to be controlled
and civilized through the superior races.