Greetings from Solveig!
> Maybe you could subscribe to some of the top journals . . . ones in
> Japanese would be a good start.
I do subscribe to Monumenta Nipponica and the Journal of Asian
Studies. Subscribing to Japanese journals is a bit more difficult at
> Otherwise, I don't see the point in discussing issues if you are
> unwilling to read and study
> contrary viewpoints.
The tone of this "discussion" is becoming unnecessarily snarky. As I
recall, you began this particular exchange by making an
Providing citations afterwards is laudable, but becoming petulant
when people do not immediately read your citations despite the fact
that it requires time to track them down is simply unreasonable.
Regardless, as I recall, your assertion was that there were more
female samurai in a single SCA barony than in all of pre-modern
Japan. This is an astonishingly strong statement. It requires an
incidence of female samurai in ALL of premodern Japanese history so
low as to be effectively zero. Even one female samurai in all of
Japan every few generations or so would over the course of several
hundred years exceed the total population of all but the largest SCA
baronies. Further, at least some of the females of my acquaintance
who do engage in martial activities do in fact affect masculine
persona while doing so. So, please at least clarify whether these
females whom you object to are in fact asserting themselves to be
undisguised amazonian warriors from premodern Japan. Finally, I
wonder whether your objections also extend to women playing flutes or
other ostensibly masculine instruments.
Your Humble Servant