November 5 , 2013
Journal Entry #10
In Chapter 11 titled “Women and the Environment,” the book discusses the
importance of place and the impact on the physical environment of women’s lives and
activism. Although environmental crises affect men as well as women, women and
children show earlier effects of toxic pollution than men, either because of low body
weight or the idea of a woman’s body being complex. The term ecofeminism is used and
it is the domination of women and the domination of nature. Dualism is attributed to this
concept connecting the mind and the body and similar aspects. The ideas here link to
sustainability of food and water to provide environmental justice.
In Julie Sze’s article, she articulates the importance of asthma politics regarding
gender and urban areas. It is known that children of color in lowincome neighborhoods
have higher rates of asthma. Women and color and lowincome neighborhoods have
much more cases of asthma than other races or the other gender. This article states that
there is a need for environmental justice with asthma politics because something that
should not be gendered is statistically gendered.
In LloydPaige’s article, she weirdly argues about the similarities of thinking and
eating, how she wants her eating habits to reflect her views. She discusses the idea of
being a vegan and how spreading this idea can decrease obesity in the world, which is a
steady health issue.
Allen and Sachs both explore the comparable nature of women and food. The
aspect of farming is more relevant to males and the smaller aspect containing fruits and
vegetables is more prevalent to females. More women work in the preparation of food
than males. Yet, women comprise less than 40 percent of paid cooks and less than 20
percent of head chefs. Women are not well represented in the agribusiness. Women need
to be including in these agribusiness decisions to further understand and relay the
importance of these feminist politics related to the issue.
Hartmann and BarajasRoman coherently detail the problem with reproductive
politics. The wrong links lead to overpopulation, immigration and national security. The
right links contain the idea of controlling over one’s body, environmental justice and
climate justice. C