Re: Marketing question for the men on the list (Linda H)
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:52:10 -0700 (PDT)
Uh … Not sure I’d advertise privacy as one of the top benefits of cohousing …

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Village Cohousing
Cambridge, MA

> On Jul 11, 2017, at 6:57 AM, Ruth J Hirsch <heidinys [at]> 
> wrote:
> Hi,  Linda,
> Dick M gave you excellent input.  While not of the male persuasion,  I too 
> will offer some input.  
> One concern I have heard from men who have ……..fled with their wives/partners 
> is the concern that they will not have privacy.  
> My suggestion would be to be sure you address this in the material you put 
> out. 
> Perhaps even emphasizing that there is autonomy and privacy.  And also 
> community.
> ruth
> Cantines Island CoHousing
> Saugerties NY 
> Where we have a family sized house for sale.
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> Message: 2
> Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:11:59 -0400
> From: Dick Margulis <dick [at]>
> To: linda [at], cohousing-l [at]
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Marketing question for the men on the list
> On 7/10/2017 2:43 PM, Linda H wrote:
>> So I'm asking the men here. What do you think is the most effective way 
>> to reach the guys?
> If you emphasize sewing circles and relationship-building values of 
> shared work, I think the appeal is going to skew feminine in our 
> culture. If you emphasize taking charge of maintenance and improvement 
> projects, helping keep cars and equipment in order, I think the appeal 
> is going to skew masculine in our culture. Hey, we need engineers and 
> carpenters and electricians as much as we need massage therapists and 
> yoga instructors and women's health workers. And yes, all of those roles 
> are available to people of any sex and any gender, but I think the 
> numbers still lean in the stereotypic direction. (Also, if we have 
> enough engineers and carpenters and electricians, who cares whether 
> they're men or women? If that's the motivation for the question, rather 
> than, say, fostering a singles bar atmosphere, then just ask for what 
> you really want.)
> PS:  I have an intermittent e-mail glitch.  If you write and do not hear back 
> from me shortly, please call me or please re-send.  Thank you,  Ruth
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