A hundred years ago Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a socialist feminist from the Tri-State area in the USA, wrote a novel about a country inhabited by androgynous women who lived in a co-operative meritocracy and were able to reproduce asexually – she called it ‘Herland’.
Now, influenced by the novel, a Facebook group has been formed with the intention of creating a similar community near the former British Colony of Guyana. While women-only communes have been attempted before this is, potentially, the first explicitly trans-inclusive one. As Shania Foley, one of the pioneers of the project, explains; “Herland has an extra dimension as it has a strong intersectional feminist perspective that is anti-Kyriarchy.
“As far as we know there are no other ecovillages that have been built based on intersectional feminism which are inclusive of trans women.” The only requirements for joining the pioneers is that you’ve read ‘Herland’ and are a woman and/or LGBT. That’s it. Apparently the group already have a plot of land and are just waiting to recruit a couple more people before they set off. So, if you’ve always dreamed of building a utopia in the jungle now is your chance. To register your interest visit facebook.com/groups/herlandcommune
Words: Ana Hine