- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tim McShane" <mcshanet@...> wrote:
> I'd wager that the percentage of people currently wearing kegutsu inthe SCA
> is lower than the percentage of the Japanese population who wore them inThat's like comparing apples and elephants. Rank was everything to the
> period. Shouldn't that be enough measure of exclusivity for them?
Japanese. Rank is an "it depends" thing in the SCA: one can have a
persona whose rank in the society of their persona's culture has
absolutely nothing to do with their actual SCA awards/achievements. So
one can either decide, "I don't care, I want to wear it because it
looks cool," or "My persona wouldn't have been entitled to wear this,
so I shouldn't." It's up to the individual.
So, if I promise not to wear bushi bunny slippers, can we be done?
Nakagawa-dono did a nice job on his project as far as I can tell.
Saionji no Hanae
- Noble Cousin!
Greetings from Solveig!
> Maybe you could subscribe to some of the top journals . . . ones inI do subscribe to Monumenta Nipponica and the Journal of Asian
> Japanese would be a good start.
Studies. Subscribing to Japanese journals is a bit more difficult at
> Otherwise, I don't see the point in discussing issues if you areThe tone of this "discussion" is becoming unnecessarily snarky. As I
> unwilling to read and study
> contrary viewpoints.
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