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"Ecofeminism to Escape Collapse" by Maria Mediavilla

Sandra Lindberg

Dr. Mediavilla has given me permission to post her excellent article on this forum. Here is an excerpt and a link to the full article.

Feminism has gained a very strong following in Spain in recent years, as the massive feminist demonstrations of March 8th of 2018 and 2019 showed, and I would dare to say that much of its success is due to the popularity of the ecofeminist message and the slogan “put life at the center” [1]. It is increasingly evident that we need a society in which economic growth and capital gains cease to be the main –and almost the sole– objective of economic policy (and of society itself). We need economic policies to be oriented towards the most important goal: the well-being of human life in equilibrium with the Planet.

Both feminist and ecological economics are based on the idea that we need to take care of life and its reproduction. On the contrary, the capitalist economy does not pay attention to the reproduction of life, assumes that natural and human resources are infinite and will always be available. While capitalist economy does not even see that the base that sustains itself is physical, biological and limited, the ecological and feminist economy recognize the value of all the activities of care that allow this fragile base to remain alive and healthy.
Her article explores feminism economics, systems theory, reproductive theory, and feedback loops. Hope you check it out:
"Ecofeminism to Escape Collapse"