Although most scholars writing in English about feminist thought in English credit Françoise d'Eaubonne with coining the term “ecofeminism,” very few actually discuss the content of any relevant texts written by her. Many also assert that ecofeminism is an essentialist, apolitical, and ahistorical movement with no relevance to current feminist or ecological concerns. This paper will present a response to such critiques through an analysis of the original French text of d'Eaubonne's “Écologie-Féminisme: Révolution ou Mutation?” (“Ecology-Feminism: Revolution or Mutation,” 1978) and will provide a reflection on the historical evolution of the term “ecofeminism” within international feminist circles.
|Keywords:||Françoise d'Eaubonne, Ecofeminism, Environment, Ecological Crisis, Feminist Theory|
Visiting Assistant Professor in Women's Studies, Interdisciplinary Programs, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA