[Ed. – The Pope dunnit.]
Asked by Refinery29 whether climate change wasn’t also a “feminist” issues, Ms. Steinem ran with the question, connecting a series of invisible dots into a diatribe against the evils of patriarchy.
“Are you kidding me? Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population. If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have. That’s the fundamental cause of climate change,” she said.
“Even if the Vatican doesn’t tell us that,” she added.
It wasn’t immediately clear why Ms. Steinem limited the effects of a heavy-handed patriarchy to the last 500 years, since ancient Greece, Rome, China and India were arguably more “patriarchal” than the Christian Europe of the Renaissance, but this wasn’t really the core of her argument. …
As the keynote speaker at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in September 2016, Steinem reiterated the same message. “Forced childbirth is the single biggest cause of global warming,” she proclaimed, while also discussing the connections between feminism and anti-racism.
Moreover, in 2015, Steinem extended the blame even further in an interview with Cosmo’s Prachi Gupta, declaring that the Pope and all “other patriarchal religions” were responsible for global warming, because they restrict women’s reproductive rights.