Ecofeminism:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecofeminism

I used to be rather dismissive of ecofeminism, because it struck me as an excellent example of people trying to link ideologies with no real connection together because they happen to hold both, and because it seemed to assume the "Nature" is female. After thinking about more about it, though, I realized ecofeminism doesn't necessarily mean that, only that sexist ideologies label "Nature" as female.

Having said that, I now think that ecofeminism is nonsense for a different fundamental reason: that it springs from a form of environmentalism ("deep ecology") based on a Romantic concern for the rights of animals and even plants (often as species rather than as individuals), rather than on conservation of resources for the long-term benefit of humanity.

What do other tropers think?

edited 22nd May '11 7:55:26 PM by silver2195

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2 NickTheSwing22nd May 2011 08:46:03 PM from Ya really wanna know? , Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
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What.

What is next?

Antidisestablishmentarianist Socialism?
Oh My
...this is a thing? Huh.
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4 Tzetze22nd May 2011 08:50:30 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
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Antidisestablishmentarianist Socialism?

Religious socialism plus a state religion isn't really farfetched.
5 feotakahari22nd May 2011 10:34:35 PM from Looking out at the city
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So if I oppose the concept of nature as separate from humanity, believing that there's no meaningful distinction to be made between a city and an anthill, does that mean I also oppose distinguishing male from female?

. . . Need to go reorganize my philosophy. BRB.
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6 Tzetze22nd May 2011 10:41:52 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
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I don't see a necessary connection, myself.
Nihilist Hippie
that it springs from a form of environmentalism ("deep ecology") based on a Romantic concern for the rights of animals and even plants (often as species rather than as individuals), rather than on conservation of resources for the long-term benefit of humanity.

I'm against deep ecology and don't think "species" should have rights. In fact I think we should destroy as much of the wilderness as can be sustainable. Because nature is plain evil. But I have strong support for animal liberation too because I think humans and animals are fundamentally equal (in a Singerian sense) and think their suffering should be absolutely minimized. As long as we use animals, they will suffer. And this matters to me much more than the trivial pleasures we use them for. But as far as animal research goes, I'm more ambivalent. But since I strongly believe severely mentally disabled humans are equal to animals are equal to normal adult humans, I tend to be against it on moral grounds too.

edited 22nd May '11 10:50:34 PM by LoveHappiness

"Had Mother Nature been a real parent, she would have been in jail for child abuse and murder." -Nick Bostrom
8 NickTheSwing22nd May 2011 10:53:27 PM from Ya really wanna know? , Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
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National Socialist Whig Party.

Nazi Whigs.

Beat THAT!
Yes Mickey
[up] Libertarian Communism.

Romantic environmentalism does nothing but cause people to be turned off by the movement. If someone is to sacrifice some part of their way of life there better be a good reason for it.

edited 22nd May '11 11:24:14 PM by Completion

I'm usually using my phone so typos and dropped words are bound to show up.
10 joeyjojo23rd May 2011 01:08:20 AM from South Sydney: go the bunnies!
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@love happiness: you know Singer is pro infanticide on matters of disability right?surprised

edited 23rd May '11 1:10:19 AM by joeyjojo

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11 Carciofus23rd May 2011 01:11:55 AM from Alpha Tucanae I
Is that cake frosting?
I don't know much about the topic. But I know that Vandana Shiva is one of the leading thinkers of Ecofeminism, and I know that she is a very competent person with a number of interesting ideas.

So I would not dismiss the idea offhand, just because it sounds goofy (as it does, frankly).

edited 23rd May '11 1:13:07 AM by Carciofus

But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

12 MRDA198123rd May 2011 01:55:51 AM from Hell (London), UK.
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Guh!
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I don't believe in the existence of nature, personally.
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[up]Me neither, hence the quote marks in the OP.
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