FAQ

Are women only lands a real thing?

Yes, and our position on them is that they are both fantastic and crucial to women’s liberation.

Why do you have such a problem with high heels?

Why wouldn’t we? High heels restrict women’s movements, cause falls and crashes which injure women, hurt women’s feet and overall health and hurt women’s bank accounts for little to no material gain. They almost always include thick plastic so there are environmental costs, and it is rare to know who has made your pair of high heels – so there is a high risk that people are being exploited to bring women these items. In some countries and workplaces, women are made to wear high heels: this is discrimination on the basis of sex.

Clearly, not all of these concerns are solely relevant to shoes, but we have made a group decision to become HERFs as we believe wearing comfortable clothing matters. We believe that high heels, diet culture, restrictive clothing and makeup are oppressive and that a substantial amount of women’s collective energy is wasted on these things. We are inspired by South Korea’s 4B movement.

“… if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?” – Germaine Greer

Do you have the same problems with wedges?

Do wedge shoes allow you to participate in all the activities you love fully, run if you need to, drive a car safely if you need to etc.? Does wearing wedge shoes advance women’s liberation worldwide? Your call! Nobody here is going to take your shoes off you.

Can lesbians with boyfriends join the LRAA?

Bisexual women are welcome to create their own social groups and advocacy groups. If you are a lesbian and find yourself in a relationship with a man you feel you can’t leave, we encourage you to get help via a service listed here.

Why won’t you allow bisexual women to join?

Lesbian women have unique experiences and sometimes we want to be around other lesbians. We are a lesbian group, not a bisexual group, but that doesn’t mean we don’t support our bisexual sisters. If you want to work with us on a project please contact us.

Why do you say lesbians are only attracted to other women?

Because lesbians exist and we matter. There are some women who are only attracted to other women and it’s important to us to have language to describe that shared experience.

Why don’t you advocate for gay men?

Many other organisations advocate for gay men. We are focusing on lesbians.

Would you consider becoming LGBTQIAFFGA+* inclusive at all your events and in all of your politics?

With respect, there are many other groups which focus on that. We are a lesbian specific group.

Are you really planning to take over Carterton?

No, it’s a long standing joke in the New Zealand lesbian community but it’s simply a joke. We fully support tino rangatiratanga.

Why have you got a page of receipts against the ‘cotton ceiling’?

We think it’s really important lesbians get the message that it’s okay to say no. Lesbian sexual boundaries are valid and should not be up for debate! We keep the receipts online so that lesbians who want to communicate the scale of the problem can do so easily.

Where are you based?

Women are involved all over New Zealand but right now our active groups are in Wellington and Christchurch.

What do you actually do?

We regularly catch up over coffee but we also do things like going on walks as a group, trips to the beach, camping and climbing.

We intend to send out regular newsletters at some point. Let us know if you want to sign up to our email list here.

How can I join?

If you’re a lesbian who supports our feminist kaupapa, get in touch!

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