|re: SF Bay Area Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John Ladwig (jladwigsoils.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 11 Jan 93 12:12 CST|
apguirard [at] mmm.com <apguirard [at] mmm.com> writes on 11 January 93 at 11:59 CST > > Rachel, reading your message about your search for cohousing, I was > dismayed at a reference to a "women's cohousing group." I feel > strongly that groups who exclude certain classes of people, on the > basis of age, sex, race, religion, or what have you, are entirely > missing the point of cohousing. Diversity in a community is important > because there is value in alternate viewpoints and because, if you > want to raise children, they should be exposed to the variety of human > culture and opinion so that they learn how to accept and deal with > people whose backgrounds differ from their own. Cohousing should not > be a shelter from the real world -- I don't offhand know what would be > more boring. > Umm. I think that, for me, cohousing is an opportunity to define the kind of community *I* want to live in. This is an essential part of the concept of cohousing, as I relate to it. I do not agree that excluding members of a group is "entirely missing the point of cohousing". In particular, I am well aware of the need for women to have a perceived safe space, and for some of them, at some times, that means women-only space. I believe there is room for many kinds of cohousing communities, and in fact, would celebrate the diversity between communities. I would not insist that each group be a perfect reflection of the diversity of our larger society. $.02 - or less. -- TRG member UMN Department of Soil Science; St. Paul, MN Internet: john.ladwig [at] soils.umn.edu Fidonet: John Ladwig 1:282/8 jladwig [at] torpedo.forestry.umn.edu
- SF Bay Area cohousing findley, January 11 1993
- Re: re: SF Bay Area Cohousing apguirard, January 11 1993
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