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Recreating menís relationship with nature: toward a profeminist environmentalism


Pease, B, Recreating men's relationship with nature: toward a profeminist environmentalism, Men and Masculinities, 22, (1) pp. 113-123. ISSN 1552-6828 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1097184X18805566


While feminist and profeminist scholars are increasingly in agreement with the thesis that hegemonic and destructive forms of masculinity are the source of current environmental crises, there is less agreement on how to address this issue or on the way forward for ecologically conscious and profeminist men. Some forms of ecofeminism essentialize women as being closer to nature than men, while arguing that men are closer to culture. There seems little capacity for men to change in this view. In a parallel development, some ecomasculinity theorists argue that the problem is not with the nature of masculinity per se but with the separation of menís natural maleness from forms of masculinity that suppress their infinite capacity to care. It will be argued that such latter approaches espouse either an ecofeminine or ecomasculinist perspective rather than a social ecofeminist view. This article will explore the implications of the social ecofeminist critique (or what some writers refer to as feminist environmentalism) for understanding socially constructed masculinism, and what men can do about it, in the context of the social divisions between men across the world.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental crises, ecofeminism, hegemonic masculinity, ecological masculinities, profeminist environmentalism
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Pease, B (Professor Bob Pease)
ID Code:143087
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-02-25
Last Modified:2021-10-28

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