Experts Tell Us the Best Ecofeminist Books

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Ecofeminist Books. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Active Hope by Joanna Macy

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This very special book provides a map for working through your grief for the environment while not totally giving up hope. The authors draw from their backgrounds in philosophy, psychology and activism to offer wise words that may comfort you in dark times.

Feminism and the Mastery of Nature by Val Plumwood

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The book examines oppression of nature, gender, race, and class, looking at what she calls a further frontier for feminist theory. Val starts with a simple proposition, that the logic of dualism is embedded in everything in Western culture. Plumwood critiques western philosophy and science through the lens of feminist philosophy. She examines the creation of dualisms (which are not simple dichotomies or correlates) and the logic of colonialism that have been used to dominate both nature and women.

Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo by Ntozake Shange

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A tribute to black women trying to find themselves, black women who are trying to live outside the box. It’s a very honest book about three sisters, Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo from Charleston, South Carolina. The book seems to be a patchwork of all sorts of things, such as poems, journal entries, letters from the traditional mother with unconventional daughters whose life trajectories end up being so different from hers. It also contains lots of conversations about art and black spirituality.

Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation by Ivone Gebara

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In rhythmic language, Gebara explores theology from in her own words a post-patriarchal and post-dogmatic position. She invites the reader to ponder theology from an eco-feminist perspective; that is theology that is unashamedly feminist but takes a wider look at all the ways that poverty, class, racism, and environmental concerns intersect with this issue. The main point of the book is that an entirely new way of thinking and doing theology is urgently needed in the face of the ecological destruction of our planet.

Ecofeminism by Vandana Shiva

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This groundbreaking work remains as applicable today as when it was when first issued. Two of Zed’s best-known authors claim that ecological damage and industrial accidents create a direct threat to everyday life, the maintenance of which has been made the particular duty of women.

Ecofeminist Philosophy by Karen J. Warren

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How are the unjustified powers of women and other humans compared to the unjustified power of animals and nonhuman nature? Warren looks at the type of situations in ecofeminism, the unique nature of ecofeminist philosophy, ecofeminism as an eco-friendly environment, and other perspectives.

Fertile Ground by Irene Diamond

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In a wide-ranging study of Western philosophy and practice, ecofeminist Irene Diamond asks unsettling questions about the ethic of control that pervades how we think about fertility, sexuality, agriculture, and the environment.

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