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Introduced by Françoise d'Eaubonne (1974), ecofeminism refers to a strand of feminist theory and activism that incorporates ecological concerns, emphasizing interrelationships and interdependence. Less rooted in academic circles than most expressions of feminism, ecofeminism builds up around the core assumption of interlocking hierarchies. The pivotal hierarchy involves human beings exercising dominion over all other life forms, with male human beings also dominating female human beings. Typically, ecofeminists assume that girls' and women's subordination is intricately linked not only with that of other human groups but also with the subordination of other animate forms.

Thus, ecofeminists largely share the premise that a worldview justifying domination and control of “nature” is part and parcel of the ideological apparatus taken to justify the subordination of girls and women to ...

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