Respect To Any One Approach Essay

Length: 8 pages Sources: 12 Subject: Sports - Women Type: Essay Paper: #45504503 Related Topics: Feminism, Feminists, Gender Gap, Arranged Marriage
Excerpt from Essay :

While feminists often militate for environmental conservation, one particular stance they take in this direction is that of addressing the issue of gender differences in environmental issues. The feminist approach to environmentalism promotes a superior role of women in the protection of the environment by presenting both females and the environment as reproductive forces of nature. Additionally, they argue that women are nurturers by nature and they are as such better skilled to protect the environment (Rocheleau, 1996).

Feminist environmentalism assesses the differences not only between natural stances of genders, but also between the access to resources, the control over the resources, the knowledge possessed and available, as well as the relationships developed at the level of national and local governments, as well as within the international community (Cornwall, Harrison and Whitehead, 2008).

The feminist environmental movement is as such based on the following interests:

"How gender, class and race mediate people's experience with local environments

How human-environment values are mediated through gendered lenses and shaped by gender roles

The gendered nature of political, economic and ecological power in institutions that shape the environment

The interconnections of systems of oppression, and Transnational and postcolonial challenges" (Bock and Shortall, 2006, p.291).

The primary shortage associated with feminist environmentalism is represented by the fact that the ideologies related to the role of genders in creating environmental stability shift the focus from the actual problems to the role of genders. In other words, the focus on the stringent problem is demised as a result of an ideological debate, instead of it falling on a united effort to conserve the environment.

Another weakness is represented by the fact that it denies the existence and previous demand for gender equality in the field of environmental protection. While the preceding phases of feminism had strived to attain gender equality, feminism in relationship to the environment promotes the idea that women are better nurturers, implying that they would be more suitable to provide care to those who need it -- be the environment or the children -- rather than activate in the political and business contexts. Such an interpretation would further widen the gap between genders and would represent a setback of the feminist movement.

An important difference between post-modern feminism and environmentalism is represented by the fact that the first is concentrated on the individual, promoting the rights of each woman within her specific social, economic and political context. Environmentalism on the other hand, is more focused on the world as a whole; it assesses the environmental dangers across the globe and strives to promote its overall well-being, with lesser emphasis on cross gender issues.

A second difference is represented by the strict gender difference made by the post-modern feminism and the environmentalism areas. In this order of ideas, post-modern feminisms appeals directly to women and their rights within the communities in which they live and work. The environmentalist stand however approaches the overall community...


In this order of ideas, the post-modern theory could respond to questions related to the individuality of women in the workplace, the society and the home. The environmental theory could respond to questions addressing the diverse relationship between genders and environmental conservation, as well as the elements which distinguish between genders at this level.

All in all, the two sub-areas of the feminist theories promote new stances in the narrowing of the gender gap. Each of them is characterized by both weaknesses and strengths, but the final discourse is made for the environmentalist theory. The post-modern feminism promotes valid ideas of individualism, but these are less stringent than the issues of environmental conservation -- which impact the entire global community, as well as the future generations.

The feminist side of the environmental theory is quite intricate, and more research should be conducted in the sense of attesting or dismissing the attributes forwarded by feminists as superior and better equipped in protecting the environment. Aside from this aspect however, the emphasis falls on this theory as a result of the gravity of the environmental problems and the commitment of the female population to support the protection of the natural environment.


Bock, B.B., Shortall, S., 2006, Rural gender relations: issues and case studies, CABI

Cornwall, a., Harrison, E., Whitehead, a., 2008, Gender myths and feminist fables: the struggle for interpretative power in gender development, John Wiley and Sons

Fourie, P.J., 2001, Media studies: institutions, theories and issues, Juta and Company Ltd.

Rocheleau, D.E., 1996, Feminist political ecology: global issues and local experiences, Routledge

Sediman, S., 2011, Contested knowledge: social theory today, 4th edition, John Wiley and Sons

Smith, S., Booth, K., Zalewski, M., 1996, International theory: positivism and beyond, Cambridge University Press

Weber, C.., 2009, International relations theory: a critical introduction, 3rd edition, Taylor and Francis

2008, Environment -- definition and meaning, Ecological Problems, last accessed on January 27, 2012

History of feminism theory and feminist thought, Intellectual Takeout, last accessed on January 27, 2012

Postmodern feminism in 3 pages, Roots Web, last accessed on January 27, 2012

Women's rights and the European Union, Helsinki, last accessed on January 27, 2012

Islam Women, / last accessed on January 27,…

Sources Used in Documents:


Bock, B.B., Shortall, S., 2006, Rural gender relations: issues and case studies, CABI

Cornwall, a., Harrison, E., Whitehead, a., 2008, Gender myths and feminist fables: the struggle for interpretative power in gender development, John Wiley and Sons

Fourie, P.J., 2001, Media studies: institutions, theories and issues, Juta and Company Ltd.

Rocheleau, D.E., 1996, Feminist political ecology: global issues and local experiences, Routledge

Cite this Document:

"Respect To Any One Approach" (2012, January 28) Retrieved October 23, 2021, from

"Respect To Any One Approach" 28 January 2012. Web.23 October. 2021. <>

"Respect To Any One Approach", 28 January 2012, Accessed.23 October. 2021,

Related Documents
Biological and Humanistic Approaches to Personality
Words: 1254 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Psychology Paper #: 58448739

Biological & Humanistic Approach to Personality Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs follows two distinct categories: deficiency motive, which include needs that must be fulfilled in order to move a person towards self-actualization (Burger, 2008). An example of deficiency needs would be basic needs like hunger or being safe. The second category is growth needs, which include a person progressing towards their unique potential, as well as giving love in an unselfish

Psychology Personality There Are Six Approaches for
Words: 1094 Length: 3 Pages Topic: Psychology Paper #: 50862091

Psychology Personality There are six approaches for studying the personality development of a person. Two of the most popular ones are the biological and humanistic approaches. The other four of these approaches include the trait, cognitive, behavioral and psychoanalytic. Each of these approaches are used to describe the system through we acquire our personality and factors that influence this personality development. The use of the approach is determined by the psychotherapist

Sound or Unsound. One May
Words: 3274 Length: 10 Pages Topic: Black Studies - Philosophy Paper #: 84881883

Controversy occurs when an advertisement presents various elements that can be considered delicate or going beyond the limits of common sense or ethics through themselves or through the manner in which they are presented (contextualized). Who decides upon the controversial dimension of an advertisement shown on TV? On the one side there are the authorities which have the job to monitor the TV advertisements and decide whether they obey or

Cancer One of the Leading
Words: 3984 Length: 12 Pages Topic: Disease Paper #: 81941489

However, because healthy cells can repair damage more effectively, the cancerous cells in an area sustain more damage from the treatment. In order to help the healthy cells recover from the radiotherapy, after five days of treatment a patient will often have two days without the treatment. Radiotherapy may be used as a curative treatment, by which the aim is to completely cure the cancer and destroy the tumor. When

Rights of Women Is One of the
Words: 1144 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Sports - Women Paper #: 25005633

rights of women is one of the issues that have been a center of focus of various lobby groups. So important is the issue of human rights that the United Nation deems it one of the basic human rights that must be accorded to all women of this world (Olcott 733).In this paper, we explore the formation and operation of Women for Women International, a not for profit organization

Water Geography Part One Terms
Words: 2762 Length: 8 Pages Topic: Transportation - Environmental Issues Paper #: 16776764

But after local wastewater plants were "...upgraded and farms' management practices were improved, the amount of phosphorus declined and the copper sulfate was no long considered necessary" (Royte, 2007). The Times' story reports that to prevent the dumping of partially treated sewage water into the waterways, septic tanks need to be upgraded and "cleaning the water in sewage treatments plants even more thoroughly before it is discharged into the