What would it take to build a more ethical world? Are rural spaces really as pure as they have been mythologized as being? What role do rural queer people play in this process of undoing? These questions and more were at the center of my culminating undergraduate research project on rural lesbian separatism and the possibility of creating more compassionate economies within capitalist systems.

While I was a student at Wellesley College, I was involved in a campus-wide discussion about the meaning of compensation in a culture of service. At Wellesley, officer positions in student government are particularly inaccessible for low and middle income students due to the number of hours per week students are needed to work for free.