• Elise Dottrens

Eco-feminism, what is it ?

Have you heard about clitoscepticism?

Illustration by Sarah Lambert

It sounds strangely similar to climatoscepticism, right? Well, the concept is the same. If nowadays, some men are sceptic as to the real effects of climate change or simply don’t believe in it, most of them react the same towards the clitoris. Where is it? What does it look like? According to a New York post survey, 50% of men can’t tell the difference between a clitoris and a vagina..

The clitosceptic movement takes it roots in ecofeminismand in order to better understand eco- feminism, it’s necessary to go back in time and have a look at the 50’s and 60’s, right when the Green Revolution started in the developing world.

Technically speaking, it was all about implementing new agricultural techniques, including chemical fertilizers and back then, city-raised business men and managers though it was would act as a miracle solution against poverty and famines. But it didn’t. Instead, not only did it harm thousands of farmers who could not keep up with the industrial expectations, but it also shifted the gender roles and impair forever the independence of women.

Vandana Shiva, is an Indian physician and founder or Navdanya, an agro-ecologic NGO who fights the drawbacks of the Green Revolution, and she is one of the most acclaimed eco-feminists. She appeared in Coline Serreau’s film « Local Solutions ». « Food was the last sector where women had the power, she says. They were the seed keepers, they were the food processors, they were food distributors, etc ». From soil builders and primary producers, they became subsidiary wage earners. Modern plantation, made by men, for men, has put women on the side and is keeping them away of all food-related decisions.

That’s when eco feminist come on stage. Their fight starts with the insight that modern agriculture, as well as large-scale deforestation, and the market economy constitute a collective rape of the earth. Subsequently, they initiated a common fight against capitalism and patriarchy, which both implies some kind of male domination.

There is an open discussion as to the link between women and nature. How come do they tend to take eco-friendlier decisions than their male counterparts? Are women closer to the environment, more rooted to our earth? That’s at least what the eco-feminists seem to think.

Elise Dottrens, 27.03.2019


Coline Serreau, Solutions locales pour un désordre global, 2010


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