Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: -- a gem of a challenge
- On Thursday, July 31, 2003, at 11:55 AM, Heather Rose Jones wrote:
> There's been a lot of good new research in this field coming out inAnd the fact that often personas portrayed as one of the
> the last decade or so -- although it sometimes gets muddied up by the
> post-modernists. But we're getting access to a lot more answers to
> the question of how women in history might have understood these
> types of desires and actions. (And I've got about a dozen
> bookshelf-feet to show for it.)
"extraordinary" are often done with this modern set of blinders doesn't
help. While I'd say that there were women who practised lesbianism in
period, it's often done incorrectly altogether when it's portrayed by a
modern lesbian with certain ideas of community, identity and politics
that didn't exist so much in their time/location. Being a period
lesbian didn't mean you donned a kilt, defied all society's assigned
roles, fought in battle, proclaimed your feminism form roof tops and
formed a lesbian commune. Yet, this sort of thing crops up among the
modern lesbian-period lesbian persona cross over.
(speaking of self-disclosure)
Ironically, I'd make a better period lesbian than a modern one. I
chose to get married and have a family (with a man), don't know how I
feel about gay marriage, am fairly conservative politically and am
fairly religious. I don't fit into the established queer "community",
but it doesn't change my sexuality itself. I've tried to be involved,
but I'm not an activist, the few girlfriends I've had became fed up
with my gun toting ideas and my meat eating ways. Surely one can be
queer and not be far left? I would imagine many lesbian women in
period were much the same. Is Isibél queer? Probably not. Not
because she's devout Catholic, Irish or any of the other things that
might wipe the idea from her mind. Mostly because I thought that the
subtle clues of any alternate sexual desires would be hard to portray
without over doing it. I need to spend far more time fleshing out
other more visible parts of her before I worry about any deep dark
secrets she might have :)
> (celebrating joying the ranks of the employed today)YAY! Congrats Heather, now you'll have more time for fun stuff!
aka Isibél inghean mhic Dhomhnaill
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Heather Rose Jones
> Well, it's not like I'm expecting anybody to "solve" the problem forYou know how it is, some people see someone not having as much "fun"
> me -- just airing different issues and approaches.
with doing whatever their thing is that the first person is having
with -their- thing, and want to help.
Unfortunately, persona stuff is like authenticity - no matter how much
someone thinks other folks might like it - it's not something you can
force another to do, especially if they are expected to -enjoy- doing it.
> ...currently developed would be a cross-gender role, leaving theI'm not sure I understand this, but ok...
> "would a woman do this?" question out of the equation.) But I'd
> have an easier time approaching a Ren Faire gig as "theater".