Back in print, this is the fantastic story of a group of women who have designed a world of peace and preserved a rich heritage of memory that ultimately changes the world they live in.
In the futuristic Wanderground, men remain in the cities, while many women who have been persecuted flee to the hills. There they share their stories of survival, remembrance, and self-discovery. Years later, expressing their freedom in unique ways, the hill women have gained telepathic abilities and flying techniques, while women in the cities still struggle for enlightenment. Not only are readers led to marvel at these "supernatural" abilities, they are led to examine their own views on womanhood and how women are similar to and different from men.
The Wanderground is a feminist classic that deserves a fresh reading. In these linked stories, Sally Gearhart portrays a futuristic lesbian utopia where women can communicate telepathically with each other, as well as with plants and animals. The women in the community of Wanderground raise children collectively, choose to die when they think it is time, and heal physical wounds by inducing their own bloodletting. While at first glance this book may appear to be a naive science fiction-romance, the ideas in it are quite prescient. Many of the terms in The Wanderground--learntogether, listenspread--are compound words coined by Gearhart to suggest forms of communication that seemed impossible in the late 1970s, but that have become common in the age of the Internet. Gearhart's text foresaw that a world in which lesbians can live safely and independently is also a world in which communication does not require the physical presence of the body.About the Author:
Sally Miller Gearhart grew up in Virginia and found her first love at a women's college. After inhabiting a dark closet for twenty years, she burst onto the political scene of the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. San Francisco State University hired her as an open lesbian and tenured her in 1974. She taught there for two decades, helping to found the school's radical Women's Studies Program and publishing three books. Scores of her articles and stories have been anthologized in feminist publications.
Sally is well know for her leadership (along with Supervisor Harvey Milk) in defeating the 1978 Briggs Initiative in California, which was designed to bar homosexuality and homosexuals from schools. This decisive victory helped turn the tide for lesbian and gay civil rights across the country. In 1984, Sally appeared in the The Times of Harvey Milk, the Academy Award-winning documentary that chronicled that political era. She has also been an activist for animal rights and Earth First!, and now lives on a mountain of contradictions with many cats and a blue-tick coon hound in a Mendocino County women's community.
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Descrizione libro Persephone Press, 1980. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110930436024