Reproductive Rights and Ecofeminism

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade in its Dobbs decision in June 2022 came as a shock. Yet, upon reflection, the decision simply reinforced what history has shown: women’s rights and opportunities have always been subject to controls, fluctuations, and specious rationales. Dobbs is one in a long line of legal edicts in the U.S. and elsewhere that either allow or curtail and control female agency, including reproductive agency. The decision’s devastating consequences for U.S. women’s reproductive lives are damaging enough, but they are only part of the story. In addition to its hobbling effects on reproductive rights and justice, the Dobbs decision goes hand in hand with the underlying causes of today’s unparalleled environmental emergency. This article argues, through ecofeminist theory and feminist and Native American climate fiction, that Dobbs is a catalyst for understanding the role of patriarchy—as a particularly insidious form of androcentrism—in the destruction of our planet. Evidence is mounting to support claims made by ecofeminists since the 1970s: patriarchy and resulting masculinist values have been foundational to the extractive and exploitative attitudes and practices regarding marginalized peoples, colonized lands, and racialized entitlements to natural resources that have endangered the earth’s biosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number34
JournalHumanities (Switzerland)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2023


  • abortion
  • Bina Shah
  • Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
  • ecofeminism
  • environmental justice
  • feminist climate fiction
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Native American climate fiction
  • Octavia Butler
  • pregnancy
  • reproductive justice
  • reproductive rights
  • Roe v. Wade
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • William Sanders

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