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Wild mares : my lesbian back-to-the-land life

Author: Dianna Hunter
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2018]
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"Dianna Hunter was a softball-loving, working-class tomboy in North Dakota, surviving the threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis and Mutually Assured Destruction in the shadow of a strategic air command base. Communists and antiwar hippies were the enemy, but lesbians were a threat, too: they were unhealthy, criminal, and downright insane. It took Dianna a while to figure out that she was one, a little longer to  Read more...
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Hunter, Dianna, 1949-
Wild mares.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017058904
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dianna Hunter
ISBN: 9781517902667 1517902665
OCLC Number: 1007310509
Description: xi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
The Great Man and the Dead Cow --
MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD World --
They Can't Kill Us All (Can They?) --
A Room of My Own --
Getting There --
The First Lesbian Conference --
Country Lesbian Manifesto --
The Trouble with Land --
Suzanne Takes You Down --
Family of Woman --
Women, Horses, and Other Embodied Spirits --
Lurk-in-the-Ditch --
Another Dance and a Funeral --
At the Speed of Hooves --
Rising Moon --
Making Hay --
Mel's Place (Dick Pulls Us Through) --
Del Lago --
Thundering Ice, Talking Spirits --
Ravenna's Refuge --
Dancing Leads to This --
Divorce and Dispossession --
Going, Going, Gone.
Responsibility: Dianna Hunter.

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"Dianna Hunter was a softball-loving, working-class tomboy in North Dakota, surviving the threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis and Mutually Assured Destruction in the shadow of a strategic air command base. Communists and antiwar hippies were the enemy, but lesbians were a threat, too: they were unhealthy, criminal, and downright insane. It took Dianna a while to figure out that she was one, a little longer to discover how she fit in with her new communities in the city and the countryside. This is her story—a frank account by turns comic and painful of a well-behaved Midwestern girl finding her way through polite denial and repression and running head-on into the eye-opening events of the 1960s and ’70s before landing on a dairy farm. A bumpy route takes Dianna to the Twin Cities, then to rural Minnesota and Wisconsin as—by way of the antiwar movement, women’s liberation, and a dose of lesbian feminism—she and her friends try to establish a rural utopia free of sexual oppression, violence, materialism, environmental degradation—and men. They dream big, love as they see fit, and make do until they don’t. Dianna buys a dairy farm and, with it, a new set of problems thanks to the Reagan-era farm crisis. A firsthand account of the lesbian feminist movement at its inception, Wild Mares is a deeply personal, wryly wise, and always engaging view of identity politics lived and learned in real life and, literally, on the ground, flourishing in the fertile soil of a struggling dairy farm in the American heartland."--Publisher description.

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