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Recreating men’s relationship with nature: toward a profeminist environmentalism

Pease, B ORCID: 0000-0002-1590-6222 2019 , 'Recreating men’s relationship with nature: toward a profeminist environmentalism' , Men and Masculinities, vol. 22, no. 1 , pp. 113-123 , doi: 10.1177/1097184X18805566.

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Abstract

While feminist and profeminist scholars are increasingly in agreement with the thesisthat 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 wayforward for ecologically conscious and profeminist men. Some forms of ecofeminismessentialize women as being closer to nature than men, while arguing that men arecloser to culture. There seems little capacity for men to change in this view. In aparallel development, some ecomasculinity theorists argue that the problem is notwith the nature of masculinity per se but with the separation of men’s natural malenessfrom forms of masculinity that suppress their infinite capacity to care. It will be arguedthat such latter approaches espouse either an ecofeminine or ecomasculinist perspective rather than a social ecofeminist view. This article will explore the implicationsof the social ecofeminist critique (or what some writers refer to as feminist environmentalism) for understanding socially constructed masculinism, and what men cando about it, in the context of the social divisions between men across the world.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Pease, B
Keywords: environmental crises, ecofeminism, hegemonic masculinity, ecological masculinities, profeminist environmentalism
Journal or Publication Title: Men and Masculinities
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
ISSN: 1552-6828
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1097184X18805566
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