There are various strands to feminism:- first wave feminism, second wave, third wave, eco-feminism.... 'gender feminsist', 'equity feminists', 'resenter feminists', 'marxist feminists'... and maybe more.... whilst at the same time, academic researchers can use feminist analysis as a research methodology (this is certainly fairly popular and acceptable within human geography).
It's high time for a picture in this blog so I wish to include this one by Betty LaDuke, as sourced from We'Moon Diary 2011. We'Moon is most definitely, strongly, almost militantly gender/eco-feminist in view point. Personally, I love the diary for its colourful layout, poems and artwork yet I get angry with what I perceive as the inherent sexism of the publication - men are totally omitted. Eco-feminism has been concerned with the apparent connection between the degradation of the planet and the domination of women. More recently, eco-feminism has come to encompass a standpoint of equality and inclusivity of all races, nationalities, sexual orientation, 'dis-ability' and classes. How this means that men should be ignored and excluded, I don't really understand but never mind, we'll speak more about that later (sorry guys- I want to join you as Duppy Feminists!) ... for now though, I want to post this beautiful picture:
Introducing, 'Latin America: Between Sunlight and Shadow', by Betty LaDuke - a highly colourful, flowing, holistic image depicting women (?), all of whom are connected to earth, water, plants, animals and sky. One of the figures has a skirt decorated with crosses which might symbolise Christianity, though I am guessing this refers to a more pagan, animated and flamboyant Latin American style Christianity, with many fiestas and much adoration of 'Our Lady'. Is it a halo, a moon or a sun behind the figures and are we shown ancestral spirits or tree branches growing from their heads? I see a sadness to this picture yet much beauty and soulfulness. Are these beautiful Latin Americans betwixt light and dark to suggest that much of their culture is oppressed or unknown to the dominant cultures?