Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

February 25, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

at the Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown, Washington, DC. | 8th and F Streets, NW Washington, D.C. | Washington, DC

Event Page: https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/247038833/

Please read our Socialist Reading Groups: Participation Guide (https://docs.google.com/document/d/16YKfMQwWe0yvM2i9VlWJRTvH_OGGJD3_3gLc6DYnpoY/edit?usp=sharing) and join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism 🌹

Note: Occasionally the Kogod Courtyard is taken over for private events. If that happens for our meeting, we will move up to the former snack bar on the 3rd floor of the same building. There are tables and chairs there, and it is quiet, but no food is allowed, alas.

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This month our readings focus on the topic of EcoFeminism. Click on the links to the titles below to access the documents. And following the articles, see a list of questions to think about as you read the selections:

“Ecofeminism as politics” – (YouTube) interview with eco-feminist theorist Ariel Salleh
https://youtu.be/GI5TjFOIXes
“Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest” – physicist/organic farmer/ecofeminist activist Vandana Shiva
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/what-would-nature-do/vandana-shiva-everything-i-need-to-know-i-learned-in-the-forest
‘’Radical caretaking’: Poet, activist Mai’a Williams on building real communities”
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/radical-caretaking-poet-activist-mai-a-williams-on-building-real/article_942fe47b-7ff0-5a62-a895-1b0f0f00cfcc.html
“Eco-Feminist Appropriations of Indigenous Feminisms and Environmental Violence”
http://www.thefeministwire.com/2015/04/eco-feminist-appropriations-of-indigenous-feminisms-and-environmental-violence/
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Here is a list of questions to think about as you read the articles:
1. Beyond just adding a concern for ecological justice, how does ecofeminism differ from socialist feminism? Specifically, does ecofeminism connect the dots between violence against women, capitalism, and anthropocentricism to create an intersectional theory of oppression?
2. Discuss how is environmental justice tied to reproductive justice and mothering?
3. It has been said that mothers and caregivers not formally compensated with wages, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups have “epistemic privilege” when it comes to finding solutions for environmental problems caused by capitalism because these groups are the first to be affected by them. Discuss how patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, and neoliberalism suppress or discredit certain types of knowledge through lived experience?
4. Ecofeminist theory attempts to situate the embodied materialism of women struggling to preserve life in their communities within a Marxist framework of revolution. While theorists like Ariel Salleh provide a very strong case for an eco-feminist revolution using a dialectical method, do the values, tactics, and movements that women of color, indigenous women, and women in the global south have already been embodying in order to survive environmental violence need to be validated by western academia in order to be taken seriously?
5. Because all oppressions as interconnected, ecofeminists believe that all should be dismantled simultaneously. Is it possible to attack one using an organizing model that upholds another? How do we de-colonize our organizing structures?

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