Lake of the Woods Gathering, 1974
Digitized archival slide, 4 x 6 in
Courtesy Special Collections and University Archives,
University of Oregon Libraries
In addition to creating a way for women of often modest means to own and care for land, these communities also endorsed communal living and the sharing of financial resources, offered bodily freedoms unavailable to women in mainstream society, promoted an erotic relationship to nature through art and ritual, and wholeheartedly embraced lesbianism against society’s prevailing view that it posed a threat to American civilization. This installation features the lifestyle and creative endeavors of WomanShare, one of the best-known womyn’s communities of southern Oregon established in 1974, and the feminist creative work of Ruth and Jean Mountaingrove produced at the Golden and Rootworks communities.
The womyn's communities undertook a number of publishing projects, including WomanSpirit, in which the below article is found.
|Lois Haas "The first step of feminism is feeling good about yourself", 1975.|
WomanSpirit, Spring Equinox, Volume 1, Number 3. Page 31.
Cunt Coloring Book (San Francisco, Last Gasp Publication, 1975)
Book, 11 1/8 x 8 1/2 in