seekingjoy (seekingjoy) wrote in michfestival,

Research: Feminism, Women's Spaces and Transwomen

This is my first post to this community, so I thought I should introduce myself. My name is Morgan. I am 28. I live in DC along with my lovely, girlfriend. I went to Michfest for the first time this past summer. It was her seventh time. We camped with a big group of her friends and their lovers and friends.

I remember walking onto the large field in front of the main concert stage on opening night and being very moved by the sea of women, mostly lesbians. It was very powerful for me.

I am posting today because a friend of mine (lilsharong) is writing a paper focusing on feminism, women's spaces and transwomen. I know that we each have our own opinions about all of these topics, so please feel free to ignore this post. But if any of you are willing to answer any of her research questions, I know she would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

You can just respond to this posting or e-mail

If Sharon needs to do any follow-up, she will comment to you on your LJ. Please, include a first name, age, location and approximate age (15-20,20-25, 25-30, 30-35, etc) for bibliography purposes. Thank you.

1. From your perspective, what is the history of the Michigan Womyn's Festival?

2. How did you first hear about it? When and what was your first experience at the festival?

3. If you have been more than once, why do you continue to come back each year? How has the festival changed over the years?

4. If you are comfortable explaining, how does your gender identity and sexual orientation come into play in terms of attending the festival? Does the festival affirm either?

5. What is your take on Camp Trans and the controversy over the "womyn born womyn" policy?

6. Why do you think this has become a highly debated issue? Do you agree with one side versus the other? Do you agree with the womyn-born-womyn policy?

7. Do you know anyone who had been unable to attend due to their real or perceived gender identity? Is someone policing the door to the festival?

8. Transwomen do attend the event each year. In your opinion, why does Camp Trans exist if transwomen are able to attend?

9. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Do you see the event as a feminist event?

Please, feel free to add any additional comments.

Thank you!

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