Patriarchy And The Nonecological View

biopiracy‘The continuity between regeneration in human and non-human nature that was the basis of all ancient worldviews was broken by patriarchy…. [The creativity involved in regeneration] became the monopoly of men, who were considered to be engaged in production; women were engaged in mere reproduction or recreation…. Activity, as purely male, was constructed on the separation of the earth from the seed, and on the association of an inert and empty earth with the passivity of the female. The symbols of the seed and the earth, therefore, undergo a metamorphosis when cast in a patriarchal mode. This nonecological view … has formed the basis of patriarchal perceptions of gender roles….’ (43-44)

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