16960Re: [SCA Newcomers] A Woman's Place
- Jan 30, 2013On 30 Jan 2013, at 10:41 AM, shelbystein wrote:
> One question is that I am assuming the SCA is not strictly literal to the medieval period? For instance, the role of women being seen as inferior to that of men.Welcome, Shelby! :) You're right, we're not strict literalists. We take our name pretty seriously: Society for *Creative* Anachronism. What we seek to do isn't reply everything about the Middle Ages, but rather, to re-create the positive aspects of them. We don't mandate sexism, homophobia, racism, any one particular religion, or Plague.
What we DO re-create are the skills and knowledges of the medieval period (well, actually, *any* time before 1600, but usually from about the… what, 7th century onwards? someone check me out on that). Women can fight if that's what interests them. Men can sew and cook, if that's what interests them. Anything -- ANYTHING -- that interests you about the Middle Ages, you're permitted and encouraged to pursue, regardless of whether your gender would've been permitted to do it in the Middle Ages.
And it's broader than that, too. If you choose to portray, say, a 6th century Norsewoman, but suddenly find yourself drawn to a style of calligraphy or sword work that didn't exist until the 9th or the 13th century in Arabia or Hungary or Italy, that's completely fine. Just do what you enjoy, and there'll be others who are probably doing it too, and who think it's very cool that you're into it.
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