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The History and Future of Ecofeminism
An examination of the concept of ecofeminism in terms of its history and future.
# 153360 | 2,389 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 24, 2013 in Biology (Ecology) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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The paper explores the nature and definition of ecofeminism and traces the complex history of this concept as an academic discourse. The paper discusses ecofeminism today and considers its future. In the writer's opinion, ecofeminism is one of the most exciting fields of academic study, not only for its focus on the newest social and natural trends, but also for its youth relative to other academic disciplines. The writer also asserts that further study in this field can contribute not only to a better and more integrated understanding of human beings and the relationships among the various sectors of society, but also to an understanding of the human relationship with the environment.

The Nature and Definition of Ecofeminism
Ecofeminism Today
Towards the Future

From the Paper:

"According to Manion (2001, p. 4), ecofeminism is a term that has evolved in various ways throughout the years of its existence. To demonstrate the complexity that has become this term, the author notes that its definitions tend to include "diverse and conflicting" principles. At the basis of these, however, is the principle, held commonly across the discipline, of the interaction between the female and the environment.
"Ecofeminism arose as a reaction to the degradation of the environment seen as holding certain commonalities with gender oppression, both being effected by male Western dominance. This is then the first and most commonly accepted precept of ecofeminism. The second precept is the separation of the male and female, where the former is seen as related to culture while the latter is more related to the environment. It follows that culture, having been seen as superior to the environment, has been used as a justification for environmental exploitation. In the same way, the female in society has been subjugated by the male under the assumption of the superiority enjoyed by the latter. Ecofeminism then reacts by combining feminism with ecological issues in order to effect a more egalitarian, non-hierarchical structure for human and environmental health."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hardt, J. (2011). Ecofeminism and the Internet. Retrieved from:
  • Manion, H.K. (2001). Ecofeminism within Gender and Development. Ecofeminism EJournal. Retrieved from:
  • McGuire, C. (2011). Eve Online: Ecofeminist Visions Emerging. Retrieved from:
  • Twine, R.T. (2001). Ecofeminisms in Process. Ecofeminism EJournal. Retrieved from:

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