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Roaring and Reclaiming: Woman’s Connection to Nature

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I wrote this review as an assignment for my feminist theories class, but when I posted it on the discussion board, nobody wanted to comment.  So I’m turning it over to the good people of the blogosphere.

Susan Griffin’s lyrical book Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her (1978) should be required reading for any course of feminist study.  Although it intersects with ecological imagery and concerns, its concepts are broad and cover every important topic for women and the study of women’s lives.  Griffin uses nature, and man’s fighting against nature, to depict some of the most pressing problems for women in any age.

woman and nature cover

The overall problem is that women are compared to nature in an unflattering way.  This ideology places women in a subjective position; as the earth is meant to be conquered, plowed, tilled, burned, inhabited, and controlled, so is woman.  Tong (2009) taught us that this…

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
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