Ecofeminism proposes three core premises:
- The oppression of women and the domination of nature are fundamentally connected.
- 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.
- Therefore any process that makes humanity more ecologically aware must also overcome the oppression of women.
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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