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International Women’s Day

Every year on March 8, the United Nations declares it to be International Women’s Day.  Women’s rights activists use this day as a day of action, individual women use the day as a day to celebrate with close women friends, and the international community uses this day to highlight ‘women’s issues’ around the globe. Last year, … Continue reading

Green Advertising and “How Green is TOO Green?”

Clorox recently came out with an advertising campaign that mocks “greenorexics.”  You know the type, the over-vigilant eco-warriors that chide other people who don’t recycle.  The new ad campaign, called, “You Don’t Have to be Ridiculous to be Green,” is based off of recent research that found that “women think it’s trendy to be environmentally … Continue reading

Everyday Conservation

The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others. ~ Theodore Roosevelt I’ve always thought of myself as a conservationist, but after reading Silent Spring, I am rethinking what that term means to me.  Up until now, I’ve happily tromped through … Continue reading

Redefining Fashion, Part One: Feathers Don’t Fly

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “eco-fashion?”  Supermodels that would “rather go naked than wear fur?”  Perhaps the latest line of vegan clothing or shoes, or something made entirely out of hemp?  You might be surprised to find out that eco-fashion was around long before tie-dyed tees and tire tread shoes; … Continue reading

The Power to Make a Difference

I volunteer for numerous organizations in my spare time, and I love it.  I meet new people, get to participate in my favorite activities, get my butt off of the couch and out into my community, and most importantly to me – I get a chance to improve something for the better.  Over the years … Continue reading

Katniss – the new Super Woman

The Hunger Games made over 152.5 million in box office sales during its opening weekend, and set the biggest ever opening weekend for a non-sequel film.  The film also enjoyed the third biggest movie opening ever.  I personally contributed to the movie’s success, and I loved every minute of it! Though I was pleased to … Continue reading

An Ode to Bicycles

“I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” … Continue reading

Gendering Nature and the Importance of Ecofeminism

I read a chance phrase in a new Agatha Christie novel this week that really got me thinking.  The character, an artist, responds to the assumption that he must love nature by saying ‘I prefer Nature to be put in her place.’ There are several things that interest me about this phrase. First, the automatic … Continue reading