In what ways do environmental issues disproportionately effect women’s health?



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    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. 

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    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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