Ecofeminist philosophy

Ecofeminism proposes three core premises:

  1. The oppression of women and the domination of nature are fundamentally connected.
  2. This is because patriarchal dualism places women and the concept ‘Nature’ in the same classification, which is deemed to be of less worth than the ‘Culture/Masculine’ classification.
  3. Therefore any process that makes humanity more ecologically aware must also overcome the oppression of women.


    Vandana Shiva

Ecofeminism began as a social movement that regards the oppression of women and nature as interconnected.  Today ecofeminism is better understood as a political and ecological movement working against the interconnected oppressions of gender, race and nature, and thus it is situated within radical feminist philosophy. Ecofeminism also has roots in environmental philosophy.

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