Re: Image fear/stereotypes
From: Judy Baxter (
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 11:45:01 -0700 (MST)
From: Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing, Minneapolis, MN

I agree with Rob, *and* disagree.

<In my experienced opinion, people who are so afraid of communes that they
stop listening, will NEVER be involved in any cohousing project anyway. So
worrying about them is a waste of your time.
Rob Sandelin
I see a continuum of intentional communities - with cohousing towards the
*individualistic  end*, i.e. private, self sufficient homes, a 'non-ideology
ideology (good point, whoever said that) .

My impression is that the word "commune", mostly inaccurately, evokes images
of more sharing, less privacy, sometimes required meal attendance, +
(sometimes) the Woodstock images and statements about sex and drugs that Fox
network prefaced to their story about us.  I don't think you have to be
"afraid" of communes to prefer a different kind of community, and you may well
be attracted to cohousing and not to your concept of a commune.  So, I don't
think we should panic about the "c-word", but pay attention to the message we
Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community,(MoCoCo) Twin Cities Area, Mpls.,MN
where, after 8 years in residence, we are finally ready to take on re-doing our
porch  into a 4 season large space for play, dance, . . . 
A studio size home may be for sale in future, we don't know when 
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