Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival [MWMF; Michfest]
- Shana Goldin-Perschbacher
Founded in 1976, this annual six-day outdoor music festival held on a private site (known as “the land”) in Oceana County, Michigan, is recognized as the world’s foremost Women’s music [womyn’s music] festival. The MWMF formed to promote lesbian-feminist community and music, partly in response to their marginalization by the male-led peace movement, the primarily heterosexual liberal feminist movement, and the sexist mainstream music industry. Michfest’s lesbian-feminist spelling of “womyn” removes grammatical reference to men....