Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 52/53, Fall

A Challenge for Ecofeminims: Gender, Greening, and Community Forestry in India
Gender, Greening, and Community Forestry in India1 Certain ecofeminist positions have significantly influenced views on women and the environment in international fora and among donors in ways that are a cause for concern. These are especially positions...
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A Challenge for Ecofeminism: Gender, Greening, and Community Forestry in India
Certain ecofeminist positions have significantly influenced views on women and the environment in international fora and among donors in ways that are a cause for concern. These are especially positions that define women's relationship with nature in...
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A Matter of Interpretation: On the Place of "Lived Experience" in Ecofeminist Research
A METHODOLOGICAL ISSUE THAT IS of great significance to ecofeminist researchers, especially researchers who study grassroots activism, is the interpretation and presentation of women's "lived experience." Some ecofeminists view women's everyday experiences...
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A New Biotechnological 'Fix' for Environmental Health?: Examining the Environmental Genome Project
THE LATEST ADVANCES IN GENETIC research and the development of new genetic technologies promise to revolutionize our approach to understanding and improving environmental health. Drawing on these new scientific achievements, many public health scientists...
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Conflicting Values in a Conflicted World: Ecofeminism and Multicultural Environmental Ethics
One of the most intractable problems facing environmentalists is how to address global environmental issues given the very different, often conflicting, ways that nature is valued within and across cultures. In many parts of the world, nature is valued...
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Ecofeminism and Environmental Democracy: Exploring the Connections
If there is a central insight of ecofeminism, it is that the subordination of women and the degradation of the environment are connected. My concern is to suggest how we might best understand these connections in order to renegotiate them for the mutual...
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Ecofeminism on the Wing: Perspectives on Human-Animal Relations
Frame Tale: BellaHer gold-wire cage sat on the counter of the video store adjoining the pizzeria. Attached to the front of the cage, a sign read, "My name is Bella, which means `beautiful' in Italian!" Inside the cage, a small yellow-and-green canary...
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Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot
A film by Shelley Wine, TellTale Productions, 1997.Two versions are for sale: 86 or 52 minutesShelley Wine decided to make this film while sitting in jail. She was one of over 800 women and men who were arrested for blockading the logging road leading...
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Heather Rigby: "Clit"
This sculpture is one piece of an installation called Two Lips Touching. "Clit," a carved marble section of female genitalia is placed next to a thin skin-like column that is connected to a large screen showing a video of a woman's bright red lips speaking...
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Of Mice and Women: Early Modern Roots of Ecological Feminism
He says that woman speaks with nature. That she hears voices from under the earth. That wind blows in her ears and trees whisper to her. But for him this dialogue is over He says he is not part of this world, that he was set on this world as a stranger....
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Pesticides and Women Agricultural Workers in South Africa: A Question of Social Justice
THE IMPACTS OF GLOBALISATION on the lives and livelihoods of rural women in the South are clearly illustrated in the agricultural sector, where women's marginal status at work and in the domestic arena ensure that they carry the burden of pesticide-related...
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Privilege, Nonviolence, and Security: An American Ecofeminist Responds to 9/11
Just when I thought I was finished writing the piece for this special issue, the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 occurred. I was called by my partner to the television, where we witnessed the first World Trade Center tower burning, and then the...
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Putting a Feminist Face into Practice: Contradictions in the French Green Party
MY VERY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO France's Green party, Les Verts, was in the summer of 1999. It came in the way of a feminist-minded poster mounted at the entry to their Paris headquarters. Boasting a tagline that claimed that the Green Party was the party...
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Sila Alangotok: Inuit Observations on Climate Change
This 14-minute video documents the results of a year-long research project carried out with the residents of Sachs Harbour, a small Inuvialuit community on the coast of Banks Island in the Western Canadian High Arctic, and sponsored by the Winnipeg-based...
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Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill
Charlotte Gray. Toronto: Penguin Books, 1999. 379 pp. CDN $18.99 (pb).This double biography is a highly readable and refreshing account of the challenges and choices facing the two women whose names virtually define nineteenth century Canadian literature...
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The Ladders of Delphi
You couldn't dream turning forty would mean moving out on your own. Alone. Your own place first time ever. Apartment, house, duplex--any four walls that you can paint magenta or canary yellow as you please. All yours, this place that for the first time...
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The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Woman, a Tree, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods
Julia "Butterfly" Hill. San Francisco: Harper Collins Publishers, 2000. 256 pp. CDN $21.95 (pb).For nearly twenty years, Earth First! and other radical environmentalists have used the tactic of treesitting to defend forests in danger of being cut. From...
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Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space
Stacy Alaimo. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2000. 225 pp. CDN $26.95 (pb)."Woman" and "nature" have often been closely and negatively associated in Western cultures and this relationship has been implicated in a wide range of cultural practices...
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WEspeak
Ecofeminism: Conversations for a New Millennium This issue of WE International marks something of a departure for the magazine. Risking oversimplification of a complex collection of writings in a historically varied magazine, let's just say that there...
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WEspeak: Ecofeminism; Conversations for a New Millennium
This issue of WE International marks something of a departure for the magazine. Risking oversimplification of a complex collection of writings in a historically varied magazine, let's just say that there is a lot more theory between the covers than usual....
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What Is Ecofeminist Art?
An Introduction to the WE Gallery Works by the artists featured in this essay appear throughout this issue of WE International. At its core, ecofeminist art is an artistic response to feminist and ecological concerns. Just as there are many shades of...
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What Is Ecofeminist Art? an Introduction to the WE Gallery
Works by the artists featured in this essay appear throughout this issue of WE International.At its core, ecofeminist art is an artistic response to feminist and ecological concerns. Just as there are many shades of feminism (liberal, socialist, radical,...
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What to Think?: Ecofeminism and Eco-Agriculture in Ireland
I SPENT LAST FALL TALKING TO women organic farmers in the South West of Ireland. It was part of an ecological feminist research project on women organic farmers and sustainable agriculture. Research that starts from women's experiences helps us see how...
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Women and "Sustainable Development" in the Costa Rican Rainforest: Questioning the Politics of Corporate Environmentalism
ONE OF THE MAJOR SOURCES OF social tension today is the incompatibility of the demands of corporations and "national" governments for global economic growth and the needs of local communities for security and livelihood. Sustainable development (SD)...
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