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By Greta Gaard
Drawing at the insights of ecology, feminism, and socialism, ecofeminism's simple premise is that the ideology that authorizes oppression in line with race, type, gender, sexuality, actual talents, and species is similar ideology that sanctions the oppression of nature. during this number of essays, feminist students and activists talk about the relationships between human starts, the average atmosphere, and nonhuman animals. They reject the nature/culture dualism of patriarchal inspiration and find animals and people inside nature. The target of those twelve articles is to give a contribution to the evolving discussion between feminists, ecofeminists, animal liberationists, deep ecologists, and social ecologists on the way to create a sustainable way of life for all population of the earth. one of the concerns addressed are the conflicts among eco-friendly politics and ecofeminism, a variety of purposes of ecofeminist idea, the connection of animal liberation to ecofeminism, destructive implications of the romanticized woman-nature organization in Western tradition, and cultural obstacles of ecofeminism.
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And while internal consistency and comprehensiveness are satistying, an environmental theory must also provide a framework that can help us to find solutions to specific issues. We now look at the implications of Manstream green thought with regard to the analysis of environmental problems. Problems ofManstreamAnalysis If we want to get to the bottom of a psychological problem, we must uncover our "blind spot," or what we are denying. The same is true on a social level, and today our crucial blind spot-what we are trained not to seeis the sociopolitical significance of gender.
As we will see, the egoistic conception of human nature-the image of Man striving for self-realization through independence from necessity (nature) and freedom from social constraints (community)-becomes the implicit goal of humanity as a whole. Due to this egocentric projection, what men do not experience is regarded as somewhat unimportant, distant, or unreal. A fifth element is the linkage between masculinity and power over others. " And because masculinity is linked with powerfulness and autonomy, dependency and powerlessness are perceived as marks of inferiority and grounds for unequal treatment.
To recap, then, some of the shortcomings of Manstream green theory are as follows. " This militates against the possibility of an alternative morality based on empathy and cooperation. Second, they fail to explore the implications of the fact that the pathologies identified as "causes" of environmental problems stem from the elevation of values that have been central to "masculine" identity for centuries (in Western culture at least), such as competitive individualism, instrumentalism, and progress as increasing freedom from natural constraints.