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* Women's activities within recreational medievalism may be constrained, overtly or covertly, by real or imagined historical gender norms.
 
* Women's activities within recreational medievalism may be constrained, overtly or covertly, by real or imagined historical gender norms.
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* 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)
* Women who participate in various forms of combat (fencing, SCA armored combat, etc) may have difficulty learning how to do it, and teachers may not be used to teaching women.
 
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* Medieval events offer an environment which exaggerates gender differences, in ways that may make some women uncomfortable
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* There may be an expectation that women dress sexily (low-cut bodices, etc) or participate in sexual or romantic activities (flirting games, hand kissing)
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* 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.
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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:
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* 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 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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* Women may have trouble finding teachers who understand how to teach women successfully
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* Women may be overlooked for opportunities/recognition/awards in this area
   
 
== Incidents ==
 
== Incidents ==

Revision as of 04:26, 27 July 2008

Recreational Medievalism covers a range of hobbies and groups including the Society for Creative Anachronism, Renaissance Faires, and other such things.

Issues

  • 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)
  • 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.

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