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Examing Ecofeminism: Why Vandana Shiva Links Women and Earth A Scripted Freelance Writer Writing Sample Amy B Examing Ecofeminism: Why Vandana Shiva Links Women and Earth When Vandana Shiva argues that "the marginalization of women and the destruction of biodiversity go hand in hand" she is describing the commonality of gendered and environmental oppression, as well the specific location of women as vulnerable to monoculture capitalism, but also particularly placed to conserve biodiversity Shiva , Shiva believes that women have a special link to biodiversity, and are the best custodians of earth-health through their knowledge of heterogeneity of life. Women are often the people who are most directly involved with subsistence work, and are the safeguards of natural resources needed to sustain the family and community. When the environment, specifically farming, is fragmented by the productive desires of capitalism, it is women who move between to link the interdependent systems that have been falsely and dangerously isolated from each other.

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Details Description This groundbreaking work remains as relevant today as when it was when first published. In both industrialized societies and the developing countries, the new wars the world is experiencing, violent ethnic chauvinisms and the malfunctioning of the economy also pose urgent questions for ecofeminists.

Is there a relationship between patriarchal oppression and the destruction of nature in the name of profit and progress?

How can women counter the violence inherent in these processes? Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva offer a thought-provoking analysis of these and many other issues from a unique North-South perspective. In constructing their own ecofeminist epistemology and methodology, these two internationally respected feminist environmental activists look to the potential of movements advocating consumer liberation and subsistence production, sustainability and regeneration, and they argue for an acceptance of limits and reciprocity and a rejection of exploitation, the endless commoditization of needs, and violence.

Author Bio Maria Mies is a Marxist feminist scholar who is renowned for her theory of capitalist-patriarchy, which recognizes third world women and difference.

She is a professor of sociology at Cologne University of Applied Sciences, but retired from teaching in Since the late s she has been involved with feminist activism.

Mies has written books and articles that deal with topics relating to feminism, third world issues and the environment. Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker, is director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology. She is the author of over twenty books. Development 4. Who Made nature our Enemy? Masculinization of the Motherland, Vandana Shiva 9.

Women have no Fatherland, Maria Mies New Areas of Investment through Biotechnology Self Determination: The End of a Utopia? Maria Mies Mies and Shiva were the first to show the sad parallels in nearly all spheres of life, in the North as well as in the South.

Their book belongs to the classical texts of a feminism that developed a more profound critique of modernity as "capitalist patriarchy" than Marxism, ecoscience and gender studies had done. Twenty years later the global spread of neoliberalism has resulted in the "death of nature", even of Planet Earth, and the death of women in many ways, leading to the emergence of new social movements worldwide. Not only does it interconnect the destructive tendencies of the capitalist patriarchal global politics of homogenization, fragmentation and colonization, but it also offers the subsistence perspective as a form of resistance and liberation within the limits of nature.

It helps us to understand why women are taking the lead in the struggle to resist global forces endangering our survival and to forge a new society. The courage, radicalism and lucidity of Mies and Shiva twenty years ago still guide us on the path ahead.

Converging from widely divergent perspectives, Mies and Shiva achieved a profound conceptual synthesis: the rising of women, everywhere, to protect life from the capitalist patriarchal World System.

Overturning all, like good cultivators, they prepare the earth for renewal. They show a commendable readiness to confront hypocrisy, challenge the intellectual heritage of the European Enlightenment, and breathe spiritual concerns into debates on gender and the environment. Technology development could benefit from their plea that progress through the control of nature must be replaced by cooperation, mutual care, and love.

They show the interconnectedness of these problems and trace them to their source: how our modern world has been relating to Nature since the time of the Enlightenment right up to the biotechnology of today; how superiority to and dominance over Nature has ensured the violence inseparable from our civilisation.

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Vandana Shiva was one of the women involved in this movement, which resisted industrial forestry and logging in rural India. Local women physically put their bodies between the machinery and the forest that provided their livelihood—literally hugging the trees Callicott, Vandana Shiva is a woman whose work is focused on embracing not only the principles of feminism, but also the principles of ecology. In fact, as an ecofeminist, she sees these two movements as interconnected and believes that the worldview that causes environmental degradation and injustice is the same worldview that causes a culture of male domination, exploitation, and inequality for women. Both her activism and theory has had a global and concrete focus.

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Examing Ecofeminism: Why Vandana Shiva Links Women and Earth

Mies and Shiva were the first to show the sad parallels in nearly all spheres of life, in the North as well as in the South. Their book belongs to the classical texts of a feminism that developed a more profound critique of modernity as "capitalist patriarchy" than Marxism, ecoscience and gender studies had done. Twenty years later the global spread of neoliberalism has resulted in the "death of nature", even of Planet Earth, and the death of women in many ways, leading to the emergence of new social movements worldwide. Not only does it interconnect the destructive tendencies of the capitalist patriarchal global politics of homogenization, fragmentation and colonization, but it also offers the subsistence perspective as a form of resistance and liberation within the limits of nature.

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