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Overview

Monkeywrenching the Misogynists: A Feminist History of Eco-Activism in the Pacific Northwest is an up close and personal look at some of the most iconic anti-logging campaigns of the late 20th century. It offers a first-hand look at how survivors of abuse and harassment—and their allies—came together to transform a movement.

Who am I and why is this book important now?

Society is at a critical turning point, with decisions to make about how to respond to the catastrophic threat of climate change. We are also grappling with painful, messy choices about how to respond to harassment and abuse in our families, workplaces, communities and institutions. The decisions we make now will affect society for generations to come. We need stories about not giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Monkeywrenching is a story about not giving up.

My name is Kiera J. Anderson, and I am one of the many eco-activists who spoke out about sexual harassment and abuse in early 2000’s Oregon. I had some of the best—and worst—experiences of my life as an activist. Monkeywrenching the Misogynists is my chance to share my own story, as well as the stories of my fellow survivors.

How is this book ground-breaking?

This is the first book that delves into the storied histories of anti-logging protests and campaigns in Oregon and Washington over the last 40 years. Many of the tactics developed by these campaigns have since been used to protest oil and gas pipelines throughout the United States, Canada, and further afield.

Monkeywrenchingwill give a first-hand look at what it was like to live in tree-sits, how women and non-binary folks risked their lives to protect areas of ancient forests, and why it was so crucial for the last fragments of temperate rainforests in the PNW to be saved. Monkeywrenching also delves into the movement’s darker history, tracing the growing paranoia about state repression that echoed the trauma experienced by women and non-binary folks when they were assaulted by fellow activists.

Between 2000-2005, feminists within eco-anarchist groups in the Pacific Northwest were challenging rape culture by holding fellow activists called out for harassment and abuse accountable for their actions. Monkeywrenching will delve into how these tactics were used, how effective they were, and how they connected to efforts challenging other forms of oppression like racism, ableism and transmisogyny.

Why is your support necessary?

This book gives eco-activist survivors of harassment and abuse the chance to tell their stories to the public for the first time. The majority of them left the movement and have not been able to pass their tales of bravery, trauma and heartbreak on to the next generations of feminists and eco-activists. Supporting this project means supporting the uncovering of stories that risk being “buried by secrecy or exile or both,” as one survivor I interviewed put it.

I did more than 30 interviews with eco-activists as part of my PhD and gathered a digital archive of material on eco-activist organising in Eugene, Oregon. I will spend the summer carrying out interviews with feminists and eco-activists who were active in Portland and Olympia between 1995 and 2005.

  • Crowdfunding $1500 will cover my expenses for a month and allow me to carry out 10-15 interviews and 5 days of archival research.
  • If I hit $2000, I will be able to carry out an additional 5-10 interviews and another 4-5 days in the archives.
  • When I’ve raised $3000, I will have time to begin organising and coding the interviews and archival material I’ve gathered so far.
  • $4000 will allow me to start writing and put a draft together.
  • If I reach $5000, I will be able to do any additional research that becomes necessary as I put a draft together.
  • $6000 means I have time to write a final draft.