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Battle of the Sexes Over Climate Change

by Staff


Tags: Eco-Feminism, Women Stop Climate Change, Climate Change, Green Futures, Battle of the Sexes,

Male-dominated governments have been destroying the planet for too long, and now women need to clean up the mess. Women already control the majority of the shopping decisions, and now they just need to buy the right foods, shoes, and handbags to save the world from global warming.

A greener tomorrow will consist of “women driving the domestic agenda and men thinking they are doing the real work with dams and treaties,” Simon Fanshawe, writing for the UK-based eco-magazine Green Futures. This is good news for men like me (and Mr. Fanshawe) because that means women will do the work for us, while we can sit back watching football, drinking beer, and doing other stereotypical guy stuff.

The problem with this mode of thinking is that climate change is everyone’s problem. Fanshawe points out, “All the UK’s best-known eco campaigns are dominated by men.” This is a problem. But the solution shouldn’t be to make the environment a women’s issue. They should be equal partners, right?

It reminds me of a quote by Henry Kissinger:

“Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy.”

—Bennett Gordon