Ecofeminism: what is it and what does it have to do with permaculture?
What is ecofeminism?
Ecofeminists posit that the current state of our global environment is a direct result of patriarchal control of resources and industry, for centuries. The way men treat women, in general, is exactly aligned with the way they treat the planet: like a commodity for them to use...and to kill.
Vandana Shiva is perhaps the most "famous" ecofeminist. In the video below, she discusses her perspectives. Also check out this interview.
What does this have to do with permaculture?
Is this the one true path? Of course not! It's an exploration. Take what you need, contribute what you can.
If it's a triggering topic for you, you have options! You're invited to sit with the discomfort, to listen, and to face the challenge to integrate a thorough analysis of the intersection between sex, gender, nature, and power into your whole-system design. Or simply close the tab and we'll see you next week.
A Beginner's Guide to Ecofeminism
If you'd like to spend some time getting acquainted with the tenets of ecofeminism and connecting to the lexicon and lineage therein, you're in for a treat!
Dido Dunlop has been studying, teaching, and writing about ecofeminism for decades, and she created this piece especially for this course. More than just an article--this is basically a free mini-course, with lots to think about and a wide-ranging resource set to explore.
Check it out:
Join the conversation
Permaculture Women's Guild, which as you know is directed by Heather Jo Flores (that's me!) who also runs this here #freepermaculture course, offers a range of discussion forums. Some are just for women, several are for everyone.
Go here for a full list of the forums we host. We would love to get to know you better, and to discuss all sorts of issues and ideas, from permaculture and ecofeminism to whatever else you might love to share!
Ecofeminism and Climate Change
In the next video, permaculture designer and ecofeminist educator Heidi Hutner discusses "eco-grief" and how it relates to these issues.