Carol Adams is famous for her ecofeminist vegetarian
This site includes:
Feminism, Nature and Discursive Ecologies. Essay by Stacy Alaimo.
At a recent conference, I attended a performance on ecofeminism that presented a
convincing barrage of slides, mainly from advertisements, depicting women and the earth in
similarly degrading ways. Sympathetic to the environmentalist and feminist politics, I was
nonetheless dismayed by the finale, which baldly celebrated a slide of a naked, pregnant
woman, implicitly evoking that old connection between the fertile female and the fecund
earth. Within the context of the presentation, the spherical belly functioned as a
maternal disciplining of the sexual "bad girls" exhibited in the advertisements,
thus retreating to a Madonna/whore dualism that denigrates female sexuality even while
naturalizing the female body as primarily procreative. I begin with this example to
suggest that "woman" and "nature" converge upon a perilous terrain
that solidifies the very representations of "woman" that feminism, especially
poststructuralist or postmodern feminism, has
worked to dislodge...
In this interview with Kathleen O'Grady, Rosi Braidotti
discusses her recent work at the intersection of feminist and environmental activism, the
central role of feminism in the redefinition of philosophy, the polemics between
continental and anglo-American feminist discourses, and the development of women studies
programs in Western Europe and North America.
Also online is Braidotti's Cyber feminism
In 1992, a panel of distinguished Americans declared Rachel
Carson's Silent Spring the most influential book of the past 50 years. This was
one of the latest in a long line of tributes to a woman who almost single-handedly alerted
Americans to the dark side of science in alliance with industrial society. Her measured,
carefully-worded yet passionate prose was all the more damning because she, herself, was a
This short biography is a part of the Ecology Hall of Fame website.
|Her writings on the web
|Tributes to Rachel Carson
|Sites Related to Rachel Carson
Cuomo's recent book, Feminism and Ecological Communities: An
Ethic of Flourishing, while critical of ecofeminists who rely on a feminine care ethic or
on false and universalizing conceptions of "woman" and "nature", maps
out a feminist environmental ethic. Her interests also include lesbian and gay political
philosophy, philosophy and race, and the history of ethical theory.
"I Went to the Woods" is an essay by Katharine
Lussen about Anne LaBistille's work, Woodswoman, an account of of her first ten
years living a Thoreauvian life on the shore of an Adirondack Lake in the 1960s.
from the essay follows:
Anne LaBastille went to the woods to examine herself and the natural world surrounding
her. She left society in order to create a new life for herself. In doing so, LaBastille
proved that it is possible for a woman to live alone in the wilderness and to be
successful at it. Her experience and attitude are reminiscent of Thoreau in his years at
Walden Pond. In fact, the two naturalist writers have many similarities in their
lifestyles and views of nature. The span of over one hundred years between the two authors
did not remove the ability of nature to provide a space in which to discover oneself and
the wonderment of the wilderness. Nor did the passing of time eliminate the juxtaposition
of nature and civilization to portray the downfalls of society. Yet despite the
similarities, LaBastille offers perspectives on nature, society, and life that Thoreau
does not. LaBastille offers a woman's point of view from the twentieth century...
Some writings are included on the EVE Online Ecofeminism Website.
Gloria Orenstein is a Professor of Comparative Literature and
Gender Studies at U.S.C.
Available online is Orenstein's essay, The Shamanic Dimensions of an
The homepage of the author of The Spiral Dance, The Fifth