Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth

Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth

Edited by Carol J. Adams & Lori Gruen


Publishing date : 07-31-2014

Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth

Leading feminist scholars and activists as well as new voices introduce and explore themes central to contemporary ecofeminism. Ecofeminism addresses the various ways that sexism, heteronormativity, racism, colonialism, and ableism are informed by and support speciesism.

Ecofeminists stress the need to attend to context over universal judgments and argue for the importance of care as well as justice, emotion as well as reason, in working to undo the logic of domination and its material implications.

Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth begins with a historical, grounding section that situates ecofeminist theory and activism and provides a timeline for important publications and events. It is followed by chapters in a section on “Affect” in which authors dig deeper into how our emotions and embodiment can and must inform our relationships with the more than human world. In the final section on “Context,” authors explore the complexities of appreciating difference and the possibilities of living less violently.

Throughout the book, contributors engage with intersections of gender and gender non-conformity, race, sexuality, disability, and species.The result is a new up-to-date resource for students and teachers of animal studies, environmental studies, feminist/gender studies, and practical ethics.

Table Of Contents

1. Groundwork: Carol J. Adams and Lori Gruen

Part 1 Affect

2. Compassion and Being Human: Deane Curtin

3. Joy: Deborah Slicer

4. Participatory Epistemology, Sympathy, and Animal Ethics: Josephine Donovan

5. Eros and the Mechanisms of Eco-Defense: pattrice jones

6. Interdependent Animals: A Feminist Disability Ethic-of-Care: Sunaura Taylor

7. Facing Death and Practicing Grief: Lori Gruen

Part 2 Context

8. Caring Cannibals: Testing Contextual Edibility for Speciesism: Ralph Acampora

9. Inter-Animal Moral Conflicts and Moral Repair: A Contextualized Ecofeminism Approach in Action: Karen S. Emmerman

10. The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Michael Vick: Claire Kim

11. Ecofeminism and Veganism-Revisiting the Question of Universalism: Richard Twine

12. Why a Pig? A reclining nude reveals the intersections of race, sex, slavery, and species: Carol J. Adams

13. Toward New EcoMasculinities, EcoGenders, and EcoSexualities: Greta Gaard


Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth both honors the passing of ecofeminist scholar Marti Kheel and demonstrates that ecofeminism and its emphasis on care, emotion, affect, and compassion, are more relevant than ever today. The essays in this collection go far beyond the classic works in the field, addressing the history of ecofeminism, its ethical components, the nature of our relationships with other animals, and addresses issues like ableism, white supremacy, colonialism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, as well as speciesism. Ecofeminism is a must-read for both feminist and animal rights activists and scholars and is destined to become a new classic in the field.” –  Margo DeMello, Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute.

Published by Bloomsbury