Misinformed Misandry: Ugly Anti-Oil Eco-Feminism

35 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2018

Date Written: July 22, 2018

Abstract

Daggett (2018) explores authoritarianism as a derivative of ‘petro-masculinity’ and claims it to be a by-product of fossil fuel use, theorizing that these elements combined with climate change pose a risk to post-carbon energy politics. In addition, Daggett claims to show ‘how fossil fuel use can function as a violent compensatory practice in reaction to gender and climate trouble.’ This paper deconstructs Daggett’s arguments by introducing facts and evidence concerning new findings in climate change, a statistical review of fossil fuel use in society and its benefits to humankind. The paper further rebuts the anti-male rhetoric by referencing a historical review of Virginia Nicholson’s work on women’s lives, examples of agrarian feminism and the ratio of risk to death or injury suffered by men, typically in work or defence operations that ultimate protect or benefit all of humanity, especially women and children.

Keywords: gender, climate change, authoritarianism, eco-feminism

Suggested Citation

Stirling, Michelle, Misinformed Misandry: Ugly Anti-Oil Eco-Feminism (July 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3217952 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3217952

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