Ecofeminism

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Ecofeminism

By Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva
Zed Books, 1993
328 pp. $55.00
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As its title suggests, ecofeminism is the union of the feminist and environmentalist agendas. The authors begin with the premise that all bad things (e.g., capitalism, patriarchy, uniformity, violence) have a common root and that assaults against women and assaults against nature are two sides of the same coin. The former supposition might seem dubious in view of the fact that it is primarily wealthy capitalist countries that produce meaningful feminist and environmental political movements. Many of the books indictments against patriarchy and capitalist development might better be laid at the doorstep of nature, which is perhaps less benevolent than the authors assume. The book is, however, highly original in its formulation of issues for the New World Order.

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