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‘Womyn’s Land’: A Rural Version of ‘Womontown’

Safe Places for Folks to Live As They Please

Denslow Brown working on Womyn's Land.
Denslow Brown working on "Womyn's Land." (Contributed)
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The story of “Womontown,” a Kansas City neighborhood documented in a film that premieres Thursday on Kansas City PBS, may seem remarkable.

But it isn’t entirely unique. Indeed, a similar community established by and for lesbians also exists in rural Missouri.

“Even though it’s extremely unusual, just certain aspects of how we live, this feels normal to us,” says Denslow Brown, who lives in a remote rural community dubbed “Womyn’s Land” in Missouri.

Womyn’s Land was created as a place for lesbians who wanted to withdraw from an oppressive “mainstream world” to feel safe and empowered.

“The idea … of lesbians having control of land, that they get to control who comes on that land, and what happens on that land, is extremely powerful,” Denslow says.

To learn more about Womyn’s Land, watch the attached video. And don’t forget to watch “Womontown,” which premieres Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. on Kansas City PBS. You can also watch it on YouTube.

Sandy Woodson is the producer and director of “Womontown.” Emily Woodring is a producer for Kansas City PBS.

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