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Maternal Gift Giving and the Construction of Patriarchal Motherhood

This is by Mariam Irene Tazi-Preve, from her essay, “The Perversion of Maternal Gift Giving: Initiating the Matrilinear Motherhood NOW Movement,” published in The Maternal Roots of the Gift Economy, edited by Genevieve Vaughan, 2019. At the beginning of my research on motherhood—then a young mother in my twenties myself—I realized that there is somethingContinue reading “Maternal Gift Giving and the Construction of Patriarchal Motherhood”

The Trouble with “Gender Trouble”

“The category of sex belongs to a system of compulsory heterosexuality that clearly operates through a system of compulsory reproduction. . . . ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ exist only within the heterosexual matrix; indeed, they are the naturalized terms that keep that matrix concealed, and, hence, protected from a radical critique.” (Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, p.150).Continue reading “The Trouble with “Gender Trouble””

The Trouble with Judith Butler.

Here is a recent interview in the Guardian with Judith Butler, the doyenne of queer theory, “performative” gender theory, and liberal feminism – a label she would reject. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/07/judith-butler-interview-gender?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other Butler is immensely frustrating. She gets some things right and other things so horribly wrong. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here isContinue reading “The Trouble with Judith Butler.”

The Last Well: Indigenous and Feminist Approaches to Environmental and Climate Change Issues (Part III)

In any attempt to understand Indigenous approaches to environmental issues, it is necessary to explore a very different world view from that of most environmentalists, including myself. It means letting go, for awhile at least, of one’s preconceptions about land, air, water, energy, technology, and civilization, and instead put one’s self into a world inContinue reading “The Last Well: Indigenous and Feminist Approaches to Environmental and Climate Change Issues (Part III)”

The Problem with Critical Theory

I spent some years as a feminist scholar navigating different “epistemologies” and critical thinking. I can certainly see how valuable it is to challenge existing male-centered paradigms that completely marginalize women and others who do not fit the dominant narrative – white, male, heterosexual, secular. This marginalization was and still is true of most ofContinue reading “The Problem with Critical Theory”

The Last Well: Indigenous and Feminist Approaches to Environmental and Climate Change Issues (Part II)

The formation and implementation of international law on climate change, biological diversity, environmental protection, atmospheric and oceanic systems, and the cryosphere (ice) has evaded much of the feminist analysis in international law that began in the late 20th century. Treaties, organizations, conferences and international regulation have been dominated by the science of climate change, biodiversityContinue reading “The Last Well: Indigenous and Feminist Approaches to Environmental and Climate Change Issues (Part II)”

The Last Well: Indigenous and Feminist Approaches to Environmental and Climate Change Issues (Part I)

 The science is clear. Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth. The window of opportunity for action is almost closed. “The last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was 3 to 5 million years ago, when the temperature wasContinue reading “The Last Well: Indigenous and Feminist Approaches to Environmental and Climate Change Issues (Part I)”

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