Green Man

Posted by – April 22, 2007

My friend Lara (now infamous since she’s in the new book) sent me this story involving gender roles & green politics, written by No Impact Man – who is trying to live in such a way as to create no impact on the environment as a result of his living / breathing / consuming. Interestingly, in listing all the manual labor involved in doing such a thing, a woman wrote to him to make sure that if greens would embrace a ‘no impact’ life that the chores do not once again fall onto the women & not the men.

His response and musings on the question of gender roles & on manual labor in general are interesting, radical & green, but also smacking of male privilege: it’s one thing to do some manual labor as an experiment – & one for which he’s gaining a great deal of attention – & another to do it, day in & day out, for an entire lifetime, with little thanks or recognition. His situation is such that he already has the understanding & education to put his manual labor in context; it has a theoretical framework that instills value that your average housewife would not have to give her “perspective” while washing another 40 lbs. of family laundry. But still: he seems like a decent guy, & his blog is an ongoing interesting read for the kinds of values he’s examining.

It IS Earth Day today, so I moved this post to suit. What are you doing to lessen your impact?

1 Comment on Green Man

  1. Katherine says:

    Ah, well sure. And didn’t Henry David Thoreau after achieving transcendental epiphanies and individualist triumphs whilst communing in solitude with nature simply walk back to town so his mom could do his laundry?

    “I no know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

    “Ooo, I have a rip in my shirt. Hey Mom, can you fix this!?”

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