I don’t have time right now to write a longer reflection on this article in the New York Times about lesbian communities and women-only land — but I wanted to post a link to it because it quotes my women’s studies professor and from undergrad, Jane Dickie, with whom I collaborated on an oral history project involving a group of women who have ended up living on a women-only land trust in Missouri.* As Joseph (who forwarded the link to me) says, “it’s the first time I’ve ever read the NYT and gone, ‘Hey! I’ve met that person!’ and it is kind of a strange feeling.”
Miriam, over at feministing, has already posted her reflections on the story and on the phenomenon of lesbian communities. If I have any Big Thoughts after sitting down to read the piece, I’ll be sure to follow up with a “take two.”
*You can read about the research project we did in the essay “The Heirs of Aradia, Daughter of Diana: Community in the Second and Third Wave” published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies (vol 9, no. 1/2, 2005) also published as Lesbian Communities: Festivals, RVs, and the Internet, edited by Esther Rothblum; also in “Responding to Aradia: Young Feminists Encounter the Second Wave” by Leslie Aronson, Adrienne Bailey, Anna Cook, Jane Dickie, Bethany Martin, and Elizabeth Sturrus, published in Iris: A Journal for Women (issue 47, Fall/Winter 2003).
Image from Hawk Hill Community Land Trust, Missouri, Summer 2005 (personal photo)