Environmental Ethics

Volume 14, Issue 3, Fall 1992

Ariel Salleh
Pages 195-216

The Ecofeminism/Deep Ecology Debate

I discuss conceptual confusions shared by deep ecologists over such questions as gender, essentialism, normative dualism, and eco-centrism. I conclude that deep ecologists have failed to grasp both the epistemological challenge offered by ecofeminism and the practical labor involved in bringing about social change. While convergencies between deep ecology and ecofeminism promise to be fruitful, these are celebrated in false consciousness, unless remedial work is done