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'''TL;DR "i will stop complaining about larpers when i get a boyfriend"'''
'''Recreational Medievalism''' covers a range of hobbies and groups including the [[Society for Creative Anachronism]], [[Renaissance Faires]], and other such things.
 
 
The SCA is the largest and most common medieval activity group and has a strong geekish culture which crosses over with [[Science Fiction Fandom]], [[Technology industry|technology]], etc. The SCA has roughly 50/50 participation with regards to women, and women hold many leadership positions in the organisation; sometimes it is refered to as a matriarchy. However, there are still issues of sexism to be addressed.
 
   
 
== Issues ==
 
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* [http://tribes.tribe.net/scawomenfighters Tribe.net - SCA women fighters]
 
* [http://tribes.tribe.net/scawomenfighters Tribe.net - SCA women fighters]
 
* [http://www.florilegium.org/?http%3A//www.florilegium.org/files/COMBAT/Iron-Rose-lnks.html "The Iron Rose: Women Warriors, Past and Present" A set of web links to information on women warriors] - Stefan's Florilegium
 
* [http://www.florilegium.org/?http%3A//www.florilegium.org/files/COMBAT/Iron-Rose-lnks.html "The Iron Rose: Women Warriors, Past and Present" A set of web links to information on women warriors] - Stefan's Florilegium
 
 
 
[[Category:Communities]]
 
[[Category:Communities]]

Revision as of 20:54, 23 April 2013

TL;DR "i will stop complaining about larpers when i get a boyfriend"

Issues

General

  • Women's activities within recreational medievalism may be constrained, overtly or covertly, by real or imagined historical gender norms.
  • Power structures within the group may make it hard or impossible for a woman to lead without a man by her side (eg. SCA expectation that Kings and Queens and Barons and Baronesses be male/female couples)
  • Medieval events offer an environment which exaggerates gender differences, in ways that may make some women uncomfortable
  • There may be an expectation that women dress sexily (low-cut bodices, etc) or participate in sexual or romantic activities (flirting games, hand kissing). This is an example of a Sexualized environment.
  • Some groups (esp. re-enactment and metal weapons groups) have far more men than women participating. It may be hard for a women to participate in such a group without a man (eg. husband/boyfriend), or she may be taken less seriously and assumed to only be there because of her husband/boyfriend.

Combat

A number of issues are specific to, or most common in, combat-related activities such as SCA armored combat or fencing:

  • Women may have physical difficulties due to different body shape, and may have psychological barriers to doing combat which need to be overcome in order to succeed.
  • Women may have trouble finding teachers who understand how to teach women successfully
  • Women may be overlooked for opportunities/recognition/awards in this area

Incidents

Resources