Friday, February 26, 2010

In memory of Val Plumwood

Val Plumwood (August 11, 1939 – c. February 28, 2008) Australian ecofeminist intellectual and activist, who was prominent in the development of radical ecosophy from the early 1970s through the remainder of the 20th century.

"In her 2000 essay 'Being Prey', Val described her near-death experience that occurred during a solo canoe trip she took in 1985 in Australia's rugged bush territory. She was alone on the river and saw what appeared to be a 'floating stick' that she soon realized was a crocodile. Before she could get ashore the crocodile attacked her canoe and in her attempt to leap ashore to avoid being capsized, Val was seized by the crocodile. The essay describes the 'death rolls' the croc put her through several times, though miraculously she escaped to crawl nearly two miles to a rescue point. From this experience, Val gained a perspective that humans are part of the food chain as well, and that our culture's human-centric view is disconnected from the reality that we too are food for animals (as well as complex beings)."
Val Plumwood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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