feminism, space, unconformity, Grand Canyon, sexual harassment, outdoor recreation, accessibility, ecofeminism, personal narrative
In recent light of sexual harassment cases going unaddressed at Grand Canyon National Park and other public lands, there is a need to call out the persistent social, political, and economic structures that allow such acts to occur and go undocumented and unaddressed. A thorough explanation of geologic unconformities, especially the Great Unconformity in the Grand Canyon, is used as a seamless metaphor for a lack of space for women in the outdoors. This graduate capstone presentation includes an exploration of the gender binary, feminism, the geology of the Grand Canyon, the nature of unconformities, intersectionality, and ecofeminism. In conclusion, there are three dimensions of time and space – mental, physical, and verbal – shared as starting points to empower women in a variety of outdoor pursuits. This presentation concludes with tangible steps to empower and diversify participants in outdoor recreation and how to address the large-scale systemic structures that dominate our society and outdoor culture.
Ford, E. (2018). The Greater Unconformity. Summit to Salish Sea: Inquiries and Essays, 3(1). Retrieved from https://cedar.wwu.edu/s2ss/vol3/iss1/3
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