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"Extreme Huntress" [Opinion]

"Extreme Huntress" [Opinion] | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

"How extreme does one have to be to earn the title of "Extreme Huntress"? Don't let the diminutive -ess suffix trick you into thinking this title is a shoddy substitute for the real (male) deal."


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These women belly up to the lowest-set bar.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, June 21, 2014 12:52 PM

GR:  If we do not find ways to curb the killer defect in humans, one day we will be placing Mountain Lions on the endangered species list and then on another day they will all be gone.

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Village in India plants 111 fruit trees for every baby girl

Village in India plants 111 fruit trees for every baby girl | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

The town of Piplantri aims to challenge prejudice against women.

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India leads the world in "eco-feminism."

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Afghanistan's women rangers

Afghanistan's women rangers | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it
The country's first female rangers are patrolling the Band-e-Amir National Park and challenging stereotypes.
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Such "Snow Leopard Ladies" can protect leopards from the Taliban

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"Feminism doesn't need more inspiration—it needs more anger" or Nature's Power

"Feminism doesn't need more inspiration—it needs more anger" or Nature's Power | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it
"Why are we silent?"
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Why divorce from nature? Wild predators can show us how to have a rage-like focus and power without killing ourselves and destroying our allies: animals inspire "Fanged Wilds & Women Program"

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Climate-Change pressures increase femicide & sale of girls

Climate-Change pressures increase femicide & sale of girls | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Newborn baby girls are for sale in the poverty stricken Indian state of Telengana. Even babies in government-run shelters are available. In the poverty stricken villages, many are willing to give up a baby girl in exchange for money to meet their basic needs. Many families in India have a preference for boys; no baby boys are for sale. The middlemen in the trade say that the girls could be bought for as low as 5,000 rupees ($80).

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Farmers' poverty endangers the most vulnerable humans.

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Eco-feminism drive in India

Eco-feminism drive in India | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Social evils such as female feticide, witch branding and sex discrimination .... Rajasthan is shedding such taboos. To mark the birth of a girl child, villagers celebrate by planting 111 trees. And villagers have started a door-to-door campaign to ensure that every girl goes to school. 

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Regenerate culture and nature at the same time.

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Chinese Women can Stop Exploiting Tigers

Chinese Women can Stop Exploiting Tigers | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Laos providing cover for the trade in tiger parts to tourists from China

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Speak up for farmed tigers. Poached tigers will thank you.

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Women up in Arms: Zapatistas, Kurds & Gender Politics

Women up in Arms: Zapatistas, Kurds & Gender Politics | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Women’s participation in the armed forces has been an entry-point for a new social construction of gender relations based on equity.

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Sometimes you must fight to get respect.

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First woman taxi driver braves Taliban

First woman taxi driver braves Taliban | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Snow leopards can feed Afghan strength & meaning

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Women, notice the strength that wild predators offer us. They transcend human social context and thus symbolize our spirit. We need them, and they need us. Their extinction predicts our own.

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Congo's first female rangers

Congo's first female rangers | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

14 women have graduated from Virunga national park’s grueling ranger training program. “I had nothing, and to get married with nothing? Men would be walking all over me.”

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"Fanged Wilds and Women Program" is happening all over the world, giving teeth to ecofeminism!

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Tiger farms stoke China's thirst for wine

Tiger farms stoke China's thirst for wine | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Tiger products are status symbols among China's rich and corrupt. Like ivory, tiger skins and tiger-bone wine are often presented to officials as bribes. 

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Tiger products imperil wild cats by creating a market. Women can end this. Can't we, grrrls?

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Women farmers on the frontline of climate collapse

Women farmers on the frontline of climate collapse | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

"Men usually do not even step foot in the garden after clearing it.... but at the end of the day they still expect a big taro [root vegetable] on their plate." Solomon Islands' temperatures surge, and female farmers are struggling to provide food for families.


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Wolves attack Chinese villagers and sheep

Wolves attack Chinese villagers and sheep | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Six people were injured when a pack of wolves made a rare attack on a village near the Mongolian border

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Imagine if this tragedy were an opportunity for empowering women via "Fanged Wilds". Eco-feminism can seed anywhere nature needs us.

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Badass Females In The Animal Kingdom

Badass Females In The Animal Kingdom | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Nine examples of grrrl power

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Is your man clingy? He may be an angler fish.

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The Ecofeminism of Mad Max Film

The Ecofeminism of Mad Max Film | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it
The most badass people in all of "Fury Road" are a group of old women who love the earth.
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Badass? Guilty

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'Black Mambas' out to save rhinos from poachers

'Black Mambas' out to save rhinos from poachers | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Unarmed and all female, the patrolling Black Mambas protect South Africa's threatened rhinos. “The ladies ....are better at interacting with the public.”

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Why not give women the necessary tools to protect their own lives?

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V. C. Bestor on Twitter

V. C. Bestor on Twitter | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it
We are raping our own Mother! @charlieomalley #EarthDay
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Stay up-to-the-minute on Ecofeminist topics

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"Women and Men Who Hunt Animals Are Equally Vile"

"Women and Men Who Hunt Animals Are Equally Vile" | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Celebrity Ricky Gervais continued to slam hunters after accusation he's only targeting women who hunt.

V. C. Bestor's insight:

Hunting is the original way to survive when salad bars aren't available. Some women hunt in order to eat. Hunting is part of nature. However, to enjoy killing is uncivilized and a sign of mental illness in a person or a society.

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Women risk their lives to save environment in Thailand

Women risk their lives to save environment in Thailand | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it
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The front-lines of eco-feminism look like this.

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One Woman chokes Poison Air in China

One Woman chokes Poison Air in China | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Chai Jing's documentary "Under the Dome" went viral before Beijing's iron fist ordered it erased. Pollution in China is often unbearable, a toxicity that Chai Jing blames for giving cancer to the fetus in her womb.

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Our power as citizens is like a fetus within us whose cancer we can cure.

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Study: strong link between wildlife recreation & conservation

Study: strong link between wildlife recreation & conservation | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

What inspires people to support conservation? Birdwatching and hunting.

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Women will save wildlife when we're outdoors more. Women as herders, park rangers & cowgirls will transform the conservation movement!

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Action Scheme for the "Fanged Wilds and Women Program"

Action Scheme for the "Fanged Wilds and Women Program" | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

The famous pranksters "The Yes Men" and their cohorts are helping subvert the dominant paradigm to save the climate. 

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Let's make leopard print a symbol of how Climate Change is animal abuse!

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Population Growth's Effects on Global Warming

Population Growth's Effects on Global Warming | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Pope Francis made news when he said that climate change is mostly man-made. Then he said that couples need not breed “like rabbits” but rather should plan families responsibly — albeit without the use of modern contraception.


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Ladies devoted to Creation can save species from humans: the Garden of Eden has elbow room for all God's critters. 

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, January 25, 2:25 PM

Good.  We need more like this.  We need to delete the third-rail image from population and bring public pressure to bear on our politicians. 

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A wild New Year for our tribe: ♪♫Tonight I'm going to party like nature was still in 1999!♪♫

A wild New Year for our tribe: ♪♫Tonight I'm going to party like nature was still in 1999!♪♫ | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

"Fanged Wilds and Women Program" celebrates 2014's miracles

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Like sharks, "Fanged Wilds" keeps moving forward. You won't believe the plans for 2015. For one, I hope to publish the book about impossible things that happen to me.

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Middle-age Ladies in China Protest Pollution

Middle-age Ladies in China Protest Pollution | Eco-feminism & the Ecology of Fear | Scoop.it

Guan-yin at her house in Ningbo. Since her husband died of stomach cancer two years ago, she tried rallying local support for an environmental protection campaign. In return, local authorities with connections to corporations have harassed and persecuted her.

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Let's help these brave ladies!

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"Fanged Wilds and Women Program" competes!

There's more leopard spots in cities now than in jungles? Let's make leopard print our reminder to STOP MASS EXTINCTION!
V. C. Bestor's insight:
As the climate corrodes civilization, maternal instinct is key to avoiding chaos. Even little girls' love for animals is a force with which to reckon. Bloodthirsty predators empower their saviors: the female rangers at Gir's lion reserve thrill gender-biased rural India. Leopard print is already everywhere, a fashion divorced from its original owner. Let's make it a symbol of feminine fierceness rescuing biodiversity. Women make powerful choices when we identify with dangerous carnivores.  From the lion rangers in Gujarat to a jaguar champion in Costa Rica, I cheer on women who protect charismatic megafauna. I'd like to recycle leopard-spot apparel from your readers to those brave animal advocates, be they on the steppes, in jungles, or in the 'burbs of our most famous national parks.  I wrote a novel, "Pax of Wildly Women," and blog about my low-carbon solo forays abroad. (I got free airline benefits from a friend.) Think globally, Grizzly Mamas: look where even someone as aged and squeaky as I dare explore alone. I personify the possibility that "weakness is strength": I'm embraced by strangers in foreign cultures. (Do women talk too much? I'm a polyglot. I spoke Hindi in January, Spanish in April, French and German this week... and I hope Russian by December!) Humor and giggles are weapons against Global Warming. "Fanged Wilds and Women Program" is inherently funny. In some countries, it's revolutionary for women to wear what they want. What if they wear fangs?  I'd like to visit Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to encourage their tiger reintroduction projects and get more women involved. Turkey and Iran have leopards who need my love. I'd hike, bike, or crawl to save species. What will you do to help me? National Geographic filled the shelves in a room where something happened... that should never happen to a child. Metaphorically speaking, your magazine's iconic photos of bare-breasted Africans suckled me as a little girl. You defined my horizons... and my escape. From a battered victim to an international adventurer, I've become a "fanged woman." Feed me!- VC Bestor
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