Slate takes a look at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (est. 1976) and current challenges around its “women-born women” rule—bringing up questions of queer spaces, inclusion/exclusion, and generational difference.
Probably the biggest difference from when I first started coming is that festi-goers are older. In the ’80s, we probably had five RVs. Now that’s the most congested area on the land—and second is the Over-50s campsite.
I think our current challenge is to encourage young women to come to festival. So many of them are choosing not to come based on their political beliefs about including transwomen, without ever having spent time on the land. We need to find a way to encourage them to come and make a decision based on their experience.
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Illustration by Alison Bechdel, from the 1991 Dykes To Watch Out For Calendar.