The feminist plant: Changing relations with the water lily

Prudence Gibson, Monica Gagliano

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Water lilies flourish in clusters and hormonally communicate together within their community. They can self-reproduce and have mobility across the water surface, being both earthed and waterborne. The capacities of water lilies are further evidence that plants require critical and cultural examination, as companion species, and that plants require an accompanying shift in human perception of their vegetal status. This paper addresses the feminist nature of the water lily and develops a connection between plant biology and the creation of models for cultural practice, ethical living and a better understanding of plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-146
Number of pages22
JournalEthics and the Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


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