Gender Equality, Capitalism & Pleasurable Activism

EcoFeminist EntrepreneurUsing business as a tool for female equality is contrary to the teachings of certain strains of feminism. To the detriment of women in general, some feminists have associated patriarchy with capitalism. They tend to look towards charity and government-based policies for solutions to the issues around gender equality. They base their movement on 'victim politics'.

With females being half the population, they are the single largest persecuted 'minority' on the planet.

Calling for women to have an equal share in the stewardship of the world is not anti-male. On the contrary, women's rights are human rights and human rights benefit men too.

Benefits of being a HedoFeminist Entrepreneur

The ideas in the book are for all kinds of businesses in various fields that support gender equality based on 7 pillars of female empowerment:

What pillars of female empowerment do you feel passionate about? Those might be the pillars where you create an ecofeminist business!

  1. Intellectual Empowerment: One of the most significant barriers to equality is restricting access to education for women and girls. In many places around the world, girls are forbidden from attending school. Though it is not prohibited in Islam, in many Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan or Egypt, female children are not taught to read or write. Often their roles are limited to learning domestic duties. In other countries, low female literacy rates are linked to poverty, war, social insecurity, etc. 
  2. Economic Empowerment: Women make up a disproportionate number of the most economically disadvantaged people on the planet. Today, many women still have no choice but to rely on a man to provide for them. Projects that provide women with alternatives to this paradigm and aid women in attaining greater financial independence account for some of the most promising leaps toward greater women’s empowerment.
  3. Physical Empowerment: Ending violence against women is still one of the primary areas of focus for feminists worldwide. Laws and law enforcement can only do so much to protect women. More action is required to encourage women's physical empowerment. What can we do to help women and girls feel more confident in defending and fighting for themselves? One way could be to advocate for self-defense and weapons training, including the use of mace, tear gas, pepper spray, and guns or any other defensive tool that equalizes the unequal strength advantage that many men have over women.
  4. Environmental Empowerment: Endeavors that protect the environment also serve to help women. Across the world, women's work is disproportionally more connected to the earth and dramatically affected by climate change. Initiatives that improve humanity's relationship with Mother Earth also help improve women’s lives and general attitudes towards femininity. Connecting with nature is also empowering for women, who can often feel disconnected from the natural world like most of us in modern society. Feeling comfortable in the wild is sometimes perceived as less feminine.
  5. Reproductive Empowerment: Providing women with the supplies and access to information and education to make informed decisions about their bodies and reproductive health can further empower women. The after-effects of a sexual encounter generally have far greater repercussions for women. In sum, unwanted pregnancy can seriously limit a woman's options in life. When women have unwanted pregnancies, they can be fired from a job if they do have employment, or will eventually have to stop working, which cuts off an income source and increases her economic burden by having to provide for an additional person.
  6. Sexual Empowerment: Recent years have seen a growing movement against the severe disparity between men and women in terms of language and perceptions of sexual expression: from attempts to legalize sex work to SlutWalks worldwide, many people are working to shift the balance of this double standard.
  7. Legal Empowerment: Legal empowerment applies in part to each of the other areas previously detailed. When businesses lobby on behalf of women or work to change the laws to advocate for greater rights and equality for women, they would certainly then be classified as an EcoFeminist enterprise. 

Pleasurable Activism: Make a living by Making a Difference

“The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I'm thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.” ― Erica Jong

Female Fruit of Economic Empowerment

Fruits of Labor 

Sexuality is one of the remaining areas where you can apply social entrepreneur principles to create products or services to benefit the planet and society.

When we look at sexuality today, we see that the famous Sexual Revolution that began in the sixties has now stalled. After more than 50 years of feminism, women live in a world that is still overwhelmingly run by men.

There are many imaginative and fun ways to work with sexuality. Sex is about pleasure. It is also about healing. Sexuality is already used in business. Often in negative ways.

Aside from creating employment and pleasure, we will be discussing ways to create a product or service that uses sexuality to address a real problem.

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Even if you don't use one of our ideas, we hope to teach you to look at the world as a Hedofeminist Entrepreneur. With these philosophical tools, you can develop your own sensual business with wonderful pleasurable ways to work with sexuality AND address social issues.

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