On the ecofeminist editorial: "Moving to an embodied materialism"

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The regular appeal to women's subordinate mediation of biological processes for men homogenizes both the historically and spatially-specific kinds of biological mediation women practice as well as the forms of patriarchy and relational dynamics of materially gendering ecologies, bodies and spaces. From an ecosocialist perspective, capitalist commodification of the conditions of life means that markets, money and wages mediate biological processes under modernist and developmentalist conditions as much as men and women mediate different aspects of biological processes for and with one another. Conditions of life or conditions of reproduction are ecological, personal and communal. Ecosocialism and ecofeminism have a tendency to elide the uneven situatedness of interrelated forms of class and gender oppression as they relate to intertwined crises of ecological, health and infrastructural conditions. The key to an ecofeminist socialism may just be the forced mediation of biological moments of ecological, bodily and cultural relations. Ecosocialism sees political ecological process as more or less homogenous across the planet while ecofeminism sees eco-destructive patriarchy operating by the same dynamics around the globe. Both ecosocialists and ecofeminists need to be specific about the constraints on capitalist development engendered by the social system's patriarchal commitments and the enablement of capitalist development that patriarchy fostered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-114
Number of pages10
JournalCapitalism, Nature, Socialism
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


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