The dichotomous approach Nature – Culture: the set of paradigms that place the human being at the center of all processes and separate it from all other species, which consequently leads to the wild destruction of nature… These are some of the aspects that ecofeminism addresses. Ecofeminism is a movement with approaches that, in the future, may provide alternative solutions to the current system. A system, which objective is the generation of capital through the exploitation of natural resources and that marginalizes the contribution of women in the communities that support the maintenance of social and ecological processes that ensure life.
Our speaker, Mónica Velásquez, is an agronomist and a specialist in forest management by communities. She has worked in the field of nature protection, land protection and women’s rights and will give a talk about eco-feminism, indigenous rights and an alternative to today’s system, which is obsessed with economic growth at the cost of both the nature and the people who live in unison with it.
Feed The Green- Feminist Voices for the Earth / Jane Caputo / USA / 37 min
FEED THE GREEN: FEMINIST VOICES FOR THE EARTH challenges the cultural imagination surrounding the destruction of the environment and its impact on femicide and genocide. This informative documentary, by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies professor and scholar Jane Caputi, highlights an active global resistance movement and an alternative imagery communicating resistant green consciousness.
FEED THE GREEN features a variety of feminist thinkers, including ecological and social justice advocates Vandana Shiva, Starhawk and Andrea Smith, ecosexual activists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens; ecofeminist theorist and disability rights activist Ynestra King, poet Camille Dungy, scholars and bloggers Janell Hobson and Jill Schneiderman and grass roots activist La Loba Loca. Their voices are powerfully juxtaposed with images from popular culture, including advertising, myth, art, and the news, pointing to the ways that an environmentally destructive worldview is embedded in popular discourses, both contemporary and historical.
Discussions include the parallels between men’s violence against women and violence against Earth, the disastrous and continuing impacts of European colonization, and the ways that the ill effects of environmental damage are felt disproportionately by those who face racial and socioeconomic inequalities. Required viewing for Women’s and Environmental Studies as well as Pop Culture.
Venue: Agora Rollberg