--- On Thu, 5/15/08, David Roland <mystborne@...
>Subject: [SCA Newcomers] Garbing up and Forsootheness was asking about "period"
>On speaking Forsoothleyish
>It may not be appropriate for one to do so. <snipped>
I completely agree with this. I ascribe to the Cariadoc School of Thought in that everything that is out of my period/scope/view of what the SCA should be, is to be viewed as 'foreign', not _wrong_. This includes speech, paper plates, elf ears & fairy wings and even Party City 'medieval' costume. People are showing up, getting involved, and making the attempt. I endeavor to be like my persona as much as I can, but I won't put belladonna in my eyes or speak Latin and I highly doubt that Roman personae would harm Jewish personae or any mysriad other combination of things that our personae would have 'actually done'.
>On Garbing Up for everything SCA
>but again this can be prohibitive to the newcomer and it really
shouldn't be something they are worried about. Come, show up and have fun learning.<snipped again>
This, I do not see eye to eye with you on. A main part of the attraction of the SCA is the 'dressing up'. It is what catches the attention first, usually followed by sticks and shields! I will agree that you are correct- this is not something that a newcomer should worry about- after all, Gold Key exists for a reason. I also agree that anyone who would harass anyone else about their garb- whether it be the lack or the style or construction- should provide it to the person being harassed. However, I will maintain that SCA activities should encourage the wearing of garb as per corpora- "Anyone may attend Society events provided he or she wears an attempt at pre-17th century clothing, conforms to the provisions in Corpora, and complies with any other requirements (such as site fees or waivers) which may be imposed. At business meetings and informal classes, the requirement to wear pre-17th century dress may be waived." Yes- it states that this requirement
may be waived for informal activites, not that it should be.
However, all of this is my own opinion, and should be taken as opinions are.
In Service to My Dream,