Manhood in the Age of Aquarius
Masculinity in Two Countercultural Communities,
by Tim Hodgdon
Tim showed up on the Digger Forum suddenly one day and announced he
was writing a book in part about the Digger/Free Families, looking at
the changing role of masculinity that the counterculture wrought. I
thought, good luck, given the heavy egos of the original Digger men.
Fortunately for Tim and for the rest of us, several of the women opened
their hearts and poured forth their wisdom. When Tim's book was
published in 2008, he decried the copyright entanglements that prevented
his posting the Digger chapters here. Well, at long last (and long delay
due in no small part to your inveterate archivist's itinerant habits)
these writings are now available. Respecting Tim's wishes, I am
linking to the
Gutenberg-e.org Open Access Terms and Conditions under which we have
permission to republish these chapters.
Thank you, Tim. And congratulations on a fine contribution to Digger
All the following (excepting one) are Adobe PDF documents which
There are three additional chapters in this masterful analysis. They
pertain to the group of San Francisco hippies who followed Stephen
Gaskin to Tennessee in 1971 to form The Farm. For anyone interested in
reading this part of the story, please follow this link to
Tim's book on
the Gutenberg-e site.
Diggers delivering a kettle of stew to Golden Gate Park. Source:
Gene Anthony, The Summer of Love: Haight-Ashbury at Its Highest
(Milbrae, Calif.: Celestial Arts, 1980), 34.