About Feminist Vegetables

Feminist Vegetables is a blog about social justice. Feminist Vegetables is a way for me to share what I know about social justice, communicate with others about its importance, and share the ways in which I organize my life around social justice issues. Its also about the joy (and frustrations, but mostly joy) I experience from thinking and acting as often as I can in ways promoting social justice.

Most of the things I care really about (like health and happiness and peace) are really the same thing. It might make more sense to say they are related instead of the same thing, but I truly feel the inextricable connections of these things make them the same thing. I believe exploring and working toward social justice in America and the world is the way I can get the things I care about for myself and others.

Feminism and Environmentalism (represented in the title by vegetables) are the movements or words I feel are most pungent (yes, they stink to some) in describing the changes I want in the world to secure the things I care about. I feel very connected to our Earth and growing things, so environmentalism speaks to me. Because I am a woman, I think it makes it personally appropriate to look at equality through the lens of equal sexes. I am also white and consider myself upper middle class, so rarely do I come so close to the devastating effects of inequality as I have with sexism. I feel very connected to feminism, which means the movement toward equality of the sexes (not the movement toward woman rule, even though that might be neat).

But let’s say you didn’t feel personally connected to these things. Maybe the most important way for you to reach your goals is through a movement to end poverty. That movement should lead you to see that most poor people are non-white. Most poor people are women. Most poor people live in worse environmental conditions than rich people. Maybe it would be possible to be “blind” to race, gender, etc. and still fight to end poverty. But I think that struggle would be mostly ineffective because it is not a coincidence that most poor people are non-white women.

And if your goals are not related to or the same as health and happiness and peace and if one of your goals to get there isn’t ending poverty all over the world, then I don’t know what to tell you. If those are your goals, then I urge you to explore what social justice means to you and how working towards social justice can help you. One way to do this is by reading this blog and sharing your thoughts.

Other, slightly more specific, ways in which feminism is connected to environmentalism:

Mythological/Metaphorical – Earth is often portrayed (in everything from creation myths to modern poetry) as a woman. I don’t want to pretend to be an expert on the scholarly analysis of these instances, but I will tell you many of the Earth to woman comparisons I’ve heard often uphold sexism in the extreme. Men rape the Earth like they rape women. It may sound harsh to say it like that, but the vast majority of sexual violence is perpetrated by men against women so it is accurate. The Earth is unable to speak for herself and this is similar to the way human women are coerced into silence. This is not to say the Earth as a woman is not powerful. I think if you have studied feminism in the way I have (not necessarily extensively) then my Earth/woman examples will resonate with you and if they don’t make sense to you, then I really need to direct you to further resources. Unfortunately, I have been lazy and don’t have those resources ready, so please press me on the issue by commenting if I am not adding them to my web site.

Fad Movements – Feminism and Environmentalism have both been the subjects of ridicule by those who are scared of the changes they will make. The current flood of green products on the market ready to help you attack global warming is similar to the craze for efficient home appliances in the 50s to “liberate” women from chores.