Ecofeminism proposes an alliance between feminism and the environmentalist movement. Both essentialist and constructionist versions suggest that women are potential supporters of environmental politics. Survey data gives modest support for this hypothesis. Qualitative studies have emphasized the situated character of women’s environmentalist action. This qualitative study examines in-depth interviews with Australian women. Issues of social class, orientation to capitalism and aspects of dominant gender politics create a situation in which most women interviewed for this study actively reject strong environmental politics. On the other hand some affinity with the viewpoint of ecofeminism is a theme in these interviews, both for those who are environmentalists and those who generally oppose environmentalism.
Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Vol. 7, Issue 1 & 2, p. 106-125