The Terrestrial And Aquatic Intelligence Of Linda Hogan Essay

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In his article "The Terrestrial and Aquatic Intelligence of Linda Hogan" (1999), Donelle N. Dreese stresses that "water (is) a recurring image for physical and psychological healing in a contemporary world of sexism, drought, violence, and hunger." (Dreese 1999: 8) The four writers studied in this thesis use "an ecofeminist activism that brings together women and water imagery to expose male exploitation of women and nature on an aquatic terrain." (Dreese 2002: 73) However, the researcher 's analysis of oppression and exploitation focuses not only on the mutual oppression of women and elements of nature (here water) but on how one oppressive system is interrelated with all forms of oppression as well, whether these forms are based on gender (women), natural elements (water), race (American Indians), or on ethnicity and cultural minority (Nubians). The interrelatedness of oppressive systems is explained in Huey-li Li quotation of what Sheila Collins states that "racism, sexism, class exploitation, and ecological destruction are four interlocking pillars upon which the structure of patriarchy rests." (Li 289) In addition, Karen J. Warren asserts, Andy Smith quotes, that "because all feminists do or must oppose the logic of domination which keeps oppressive conceptual frameworks in place, all feminists must also oppose any isms of domination that are maintained and justified by that logic of domination." (Smith 21) To support the notion of the interrelatedness of oppressive
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