Woman farmer crouches in brick-walled barn to pet sheep

Women Farmers Are Reshaping the Field in South Carolina

Through fieldwork interviews, Sarah Melotte learns how women in agriculture carve out room for themselves in an industry dominated by men.
Fountain and reflections at the Stravinsky Memorial

Where the Queer Wild Things Are

Can wildness be its own way of thinking and knowing? And where should we look to find out? Julia Dauer reviews Jack Halberstam's wide-ranging new book, Wild Things.
Collage of a black and white image of a nun and horse plowing a field with a wheel of life drawing behind.

Nuns, Farmers, and Enchanted Earth at the Sinsinawa Mound

Nuns and farmers work together at Sinsinawa Mound, seeking justice and enchantment in bean patches. Margaux Crider gives us an inside look.
Two figures watch a sunset over mountains.

The Queer Ecology of Steven Universe

When the revolution is won, what comes next? In the popular Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, Gardiner Brown finds a model for queer environmental care.
Woman reaches small net into green marsh

On Being the (Only) Black Feminist Environmental Ethnographer in Gulf Coast Louisiana

Ethnographer Frances Roberts-Gregory describes the importance of embracing ‘Black girl reliable’ and supporting frontline communities.
Several trees nestle in the space canopy together with distances between their leaves

Caring, at a Distance

What is it to be in this body, here, now? Addie Hopes recommends what to read while we shelter in place and rethink what it means to care for one another.
A woman in a brown sweater stand out on an open plain looking troubles while a three-piece band plays in the background.

Finally, a Funny Environmental Film

And it might just be the quirky, queered, Icelandic feminist ecowarrior movie you've been waiting for.
Greta LaFleur's book discusses the relationship between the natural world and sexuality. This painting depicts a fish skewered on a brach. The branch also holds a blue jay and many smaller purple, red, pink, blue, and yellow birds.

The Environmental Histories of Desire

Greta LaFleur’s new book, The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America, shows how desire was produced in surprising ways alongside taxonomies of plants and racial difference in early British colonial texts.
A shoreline with algae, a discarded plastic turtle, foliage, rocks, and water with a visible slick sheen of something on its surface

Our Waters, Our Selves: A Conversation with Astrida Neimanis

"We can't contain water." Feminist philosopher Astrida Neimanis discusses the environmental inequalities and queer rhythms of the elusive fluid.
A series of differently shaped laser cut and engraved wood seals are arranged on a surface.

There’s Nothing “Natural” About Binary Gender

In light of the US government's controversial proposal to define gender as a "biological fact," a trans scholar and artist critiques the use of “nature” to limit the messy, multidimensional reality of gender identity and expression.
Kate Durbin, artist, takes a selfie while standing in thigh-height waves and wearing a yellow plastic dress with Hello Kitty icons and a long, green wavy wig. In the background, other women wearing white underwear and rainbow-hued long wigs also take selfies while standing in the waves.

The Pleasures of Teaching Plastic

Plastic shapes us even as it contributes to our destruction. A performance studies scholar shares her creative approach to teaching about plastic and identity in an unavoidably plastic world.
A collage of seven books covers to cite in the #metoo era

Citation in the #MeToo Era

An ecocritic had just finished a book chapter on Sherman Alexie’s poetry when accusations about his sexual misconduct went viral last spring. She asks if environmental humanities scholars should continue to engage with the work of abusers, and why certain writers and scholars come to dominate our archives in the first place.
Two rainbow colored disco balls hanging from a tree with other trees in the background, photographed from below

Queer Camping, Then and Now

A cultural anthropologist explores how queer camping subverts masculine camping culture and supports new queer identities and communities in the outdoors.
A pile of eight emerald green laundry detergent Tide Pods against a white background.

When Laundry Detergent Was Edible

Long before Tide Pods, laundry soap was made from organic ingredients with familiar names and smells. When corporations started selling detergents made from synthetic chemicals, they had to redefine what clean smelled like.
The writer Kim Fu, author of "The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore." Photo by Laura D'Alessandro.

Nine Women Who Are Rewriting the Environment

As we continue to celebrate Women's History Month, here is a list of new and recent work by women writers whose environmental imaginations keep us all inspired, impassioned, and ready for whatever comes next.
How a $750 Down Jacket is Dividing College Campuses

How a $750 Down Jacket is Dividing College Campuses

When students critique outdoor fashion on campus, their views reveal gendered, ethnic, and regional stereotypes at play in the local meaning of international brands.
Ecological Homes: Making Women, Men, and Nature

Ecological Homes: Making Women, Men, and Nature

At the New Alchemy Institute's bioshelters, green technologies promised social revolution. But women still found themselves stuck with the dishes.
A haenyeo, floating in the water, holds up her catch. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Bittersweet Catch: Korea’s Diving Women and the Pitfalls of Cultural Preservation

While attending a school set up to train the next generation of haenyeo divers, one woman grapples with the historical and ongoing complexities of maintaining the traditional practice.
Why We Don't Like Wild Women

Why We Don’t Like Wild Women

In American popular culture, from the colonial era to the present, women who venture out into wild places cannot escape the strictures of gender.
Toxic Bodies and the Wetter, Better Future of "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Toxic Bodies and the Wetter, Better Future of “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Most Hollywood catastrophe films offer neat endings and the promise of a fresh start. Fury Road asks what happens when the broken world cannot be made whole.
Domestic Labor: Excavating the Public Sphere

Excavating the Private Sphere

A photo essay of mid-century domestic relics open a window on a woman's hard, heroic, uncelebrated life.
Female Birds Sing, Too

Female Birds Sing, Too

When a long-dominant theory about sexual selection’s role in the evolution of bird song is corrected, what happens to conventional ideas about the sex of singing birds?