On a Wednesday afternoon in the dead of winter, twelve lesbians met to begin a six-week exploration of our culture. Our most immediate and persistent awareness was lack of precedent; our sense of breaking new ground added excitement and urgency to all our meetings . We felt a deep frustration at how hard it is to "study" something for the first time. Out of our experience together, we want to share what we found, and, even more, our process . We hope this process may serve as a model from which others can begin their investigations within their own communities. By sharing method, we can evolve a fruitful way to talk about lesbian culture, leaving behind the bankruptcy of social science.