Violence against women and violence against the environment — connected?

February 20, 2013

Eve Ensler and Ecofeminism
Writing for the website Care2Causes, S.E. Smith calls attention to another concern of playwright and activist Eve Ensler, known for The Vagina Monologues, the V-Day movement, and her spearheading of last week’s global “One Billion Rising.” Smith says, “Ensler sees a parallel between the treatment of women and that of the environment, echoing observations and rhetoric made for decades. Just like women, nature is considered lesser when contrasted with men (as representatives of development and culture), and women are exploited, abused and discarded just as natural resources are.” Ensler is aware of graphic examples from her work in the Congo and her travels elsewhere. “By explicitly identifying conservation issues, and climate change in particular, as women’s issues as well as environmental ones,” Smith says, “Ensler is making an important point, and it’s one people may listen to thanks to her high profile.”   For more about Ensler’s views, you might also want to read this interview from Grist. 

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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