Gender And Environmental Exploitation : Eco Feminism

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Gender and Environmental Exploitation Eco-Feminism is a conceptual idea in a direct response due to Androcentrism a concept that places man as the centric structure and leaves women and the environment under forms of oppression. Androcentrism originated in the 16th century when mass colonization and European exploration occurred in which not only exploited Atlantic cultures, but also environments spanning across the Atlantic. Furthermore, women and environment were placed below man and therefore were placed out of the centric structure and into the peripheral. As a result, a group in the peripheral raised, the Feminist. Ultimately, Feminism is an attempt to undo the exploitation of women and place women and men on the same footing. In the book Anthrocentirsm and Androcentrism by Val Plumwood, she states Feminism “is focused on androcentric, phallocentric, as theoretical alignments of its centric aspect of sexism (Anthrocentrism and Androcentric Page 328). By implementing Feminism, women are placing themselves out of the peripheral and bringing themselves into the center. Feminism is present in political groups such as the Green Party and the Democratic Party, most notably through Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In the book Eco-Imagination Africa and Diaspora Literature and Sustainability Rita Dandridge examines how the local environmental crisis in a poor southern United States town underlies other problems manifested in race, class, and gender relations.”

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