This would fall under the studies of Eco-Feminism. Basically it is the view that the abuse of nature is similar to the abuse of women. In “The Power and the Promise of Ecological Feminism,” Karen Warren
explains, “Ecological feminism is the position that there are important
connections – historical, experiential, symbolic, theoretical – between
the domination of women and the domination of nature.” Because
women are identified with nature, and nature is considered inferior to
Man, women are then considered subordinate to men. Thus men are
justified in subordinating women. Therein lies the logic of domination
that feminists oppose. This logic of domination, according to
Ecofeminists, is used to justify the domination of humans by racial,
class or gender lines, as well as the domination of nature. Because the
oppression of women and nature are so linked, I believe it is important
to study feminist theory and environmental ethic as twins of domination.
The health risks involved in delivering children with birth defects (which are often the result of exposure to enviromental hazards) is the first thing that comes to mind. Likewise, infertility issues can be directly related to environmental pollutants. Breast cancer and heart disease affect women at greater rates than they do men. These are all problems that are women-specific and are very often linked to environmental issues.
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