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=== General ===
 
=== General ===
   
* Women's activities within recreational medievalism may be constrained, overtly or covertly, by real or imagined historical gender norms.
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* Women's activities within recreational medievalism may be constrained, overtly or covertly, by real or imagined, present, or 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 are male/female couples, although t[http://www.sca.org/BOD/announcements/SSCAnnouncement.pdf here are small positive changes] regarding this issue).
 
* 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 are male/female couples, although t[http://www.sca.org/BOD/announcements/SSCAnnouncement.pdf here are small positive changes] regarding this issue).
 
* Medieval events offer an environment which exaggerates gender differences, in ways that may make some women uncomfortable
 
* Medieval events offer an environment which exaggerates gender differences, in ways that may make some women uncomfortable
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A number of issues are specific to, or most common in, combat-related activities such as SCA armored combat or fencing:
 
A number of issues are specific to, or most common in, combat-related activities such as SCA armored combat or fencing:
   
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* Combat activities may be crafted for a narrow range of body shapes that are more likely to be found among men than women.
* 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.
 
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* People doing combat may assume that participants lack psychological barriers to doing so (barriers that women are more likely than men to have learned).
* Women may have trouble finding teachers who understand how to teach women successfully
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* Many teachers may not know how to teach women successfully.
* Women may be overlooked for opportunities/recognition/awards in this area
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* Men who organize combat-related activities may overlook women for opportunities, recognition, or awards in this area.
   
 
== Incidents ==
 
== Incidents ==
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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]]

Latest revision as of 11:22, 27 October 2015

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, 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

General

  • Women's activities within recreational medievalism may be constrained, overtly or covertly, by real or imagined, present, or 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 are male/female couples, although there are small positive changes regarding this issue).
  • 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:

  • Combat activities may be crafted for a narrow range of body shapes that are more likely to be found among men than women.
  • People doing combat may assume that participants lack psychological barriers to doing so (barriers that women are more likely than men to have learned).
  • Many teachers may not know how to teach women successfully.
  • Men who organize combat-related activities may overlook women for opportunities, recognition, or awards in this area.

Incidents

Resources