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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Womyn's Land

As a young feminist in the early 70's I heard about other women dropping out and moving to rural places to live on 'womyn's land.' This was the separatist branch of the woman's movement and considered to be quite radical. Although I got quite radical at times, I was also involved in the 'gay liberation movement' too and also coming out and living in a big city where I could be myself for the first time in my life, so moving to the woods had no appeal. (I had just-like a bear-come out of the woods!)  Also these communities seemed exceedingly doctrinaire-I had run into some of their residents while attending a conference in the Midwest, and didn't feel comfortable with what I saw. I was more liberal and felt more comfortable in an urban setting. I just came across this article in Joe.My.God's blog and will link it here. It's from the NY Times and shows one of those communities that has survived and the article compares it to a Catholic Convent in it's aging process :-O It looks like a very nice place. Maybe it's time to move to this naturally occurring retirement community... Womyn’s land survives!


Barbara B. said...

Really interesting article -- thanks for the link!

Auntie Knickers said...

I read that too. My daughter was interested in that, not sure if she still is although she loves her weeks at the Mich. Womyn's Music Festival each year. I'm not so sure about Alabama and Mississippi though.