No Compromise: Our movement needs to do a better job of addressing sexual violence and misogyny within its ranks.

September 15, 2018

Kitty Stryker and I co-wrote this piece for Earth Island Journal, check it out!

“While most of us may be irritated but not surprised to deal with misogyny in our day-to-day lives, we don’t expect to experience it within our supposedly “woke” environmental organizations. Alongside the commitment to saving the planet from abuse, we’d like to assume preventing abuse and microaggressions between our comrades would also be a priority. Unfortunately, that has not necessarily been the case.

Both the deep green movement and the environmental movement at large have at times struggled to respond to sexual violence and abuse among their ranks in an appropriate, effective, and supportive manner. The history of responses to such incidents indicates that internal policies need to be backed up by clear, and at times public, communications about incidents of harassment, abuse, and assault. Within the radical green movement, women consistently are expected to act as the “agents” for male activists, who take the role of “celebrities.” This communication must coincide with clear support for survivors who come forward.”

Kiera Anderson and Kitty Stryker, Earth Island Journal, Autumn 2018

You can read the full article at Earth Island Journal