It’s not necessarily that women are somehow innately in-tune with nature (though some eco-feminists do argue that’s the case), but that the subjugation of women stems from a similar disengagement in the minds of oppressive and powerful men.
When a man is able to view his sister human beings as separate and exploitable, it’s only a small step for him to view the whole of nature as at his disposal. This is the root of eco-feminism; an environmentally conscious branch of the wider feminist movement and one that this zine has been sympathetic to since its inception. As we strive for female emancipation under patriarchy, many of us notice the parallels between our own fight for freedom and that of others.
Environmentalism is relatively easy to integrate into our everyday lives, making it a useful social movement for those just beginning to realise their ability to make change happen. Composting our vegetable peelings, recycling our scrap paper, reducing the amount of meat we eat, using public transport and growing our own food are all examples of direct action anyone can do that will empower the individual and help heal the planet. Of course, many of these are practiced by the poor out of necessity anyway, but affluence and education comes with a responsibility – to each other and the earth.
The fact that you’re reading this zine means that you’re literate and you care, even just a little, about the world around you. Ours is a mutual relationship, and as editor of this zine I’m making a promise to include environmental politics within our (recycled paper and soy ink) page from now on. As a feminist it just makes sense. I hope you agree.
Words: Ana Hine