If a person doesn't consider himself a ecofeminist why would that person choose not be one and why?If a person doesn't consider himself a ecofeminist why would that person choose not be one and why? 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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A variety of factors influence a person's ideology. To say that a person chooses not to be an ecofeminist assumes that the person reviewed the information and made a choice. Smetimes people just are not exposed to different beliefs. However, to make a deliberate choice the person needs to know what ecofeminism is about. Many people just don't want to label themselves.
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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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By posing the following counter question, you may gain insight into the nature of your question and find an answer:

If a person doesn't consider herself a ecomasculist why would that person choose not be one and why?

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Jen Sambdman | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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As much as we like to think that we as individuals are free-thinkers, we are also somewhat predestined to be like our families and friends. They influence us in their beliefs, actions and lifestyles. Yes, we can stray from the ideals if exposed to different ones and make a conscious choice to choose a different path, but some people only know one way or have had something happen to them to think and feel the way they do. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion no matter if you disagree or not. As a woman, I get goofy looks when I openly admit that I am more so a traditionalist as described by the second poster. I believe women should not fight in combat because men are physically stronger. Women are emotionally compromised when it comes to deep issues because we are so in tune with our feelings. A lot of men are still raised with traditional ideas and our society still feels this way even though we like to think we are progressing a different way.

So it isn't merely a choice to think and feel a certain way, therefore not all men can call themselves an ecofeminist nor become one.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Many patterns exist among those who think and act with an ecofeminist consciousness. “Ecofeminists traditionally considered "female" are thought of as being cooperative, nurturing, supportive, nonviolent and sensual. They strive for a balance with qualities traditionally deemed "male" that in appropriate contexts are valuable, such as competitiveness, individuality, assertiveness, leadership, and intellectuality.”  More than likely if a person would not consider themselves an ecofeminist, they would be considered a traditionalist and somewhat mired in the belief that man is superior to woman.  They would also believe that women should not be competitive with males and that a woman’s individuality should come from the man in her life.  If a person believes that a woman should not be assertive, intellectual, or in a position of leadership they would be against the ecofeminist philosophy.  

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