R. Michael Litchfield litch at eden.com
Mon May 22 12:42:44 PDT 1995

So why am I being so argumentative over something that was in all probabilty an
honest mistake?

Because this is something that is important.

The SCA (and the US) has moved steadily to the right since I first started
playing. It has become signifigantly more conservative in many aspects,
some I agree with, most I tend to violently disagree with.

One aspect of special concern for me is what constitutes a family. While
the SCA was not the first place I encountered some of the alternative
definitions it was often the first place I encountered people putting them
into practice. Even here non mainstream (if we assume that single parents
are mainstream as everybody but some delusional republicans must) families
are fairly rare and there are a lot of people who would be much more
comfortable if they did not have to deal with the existance of such things.

When a group gives a discount to a family of specific sort, they make it
harder on any family which does not fit that mold. It discourages
diversity, and just add on just a bit more hassle to people who are already
hassled to begin with.

I tend to define a family as the person or persons who have taken on the
responsibilty of raising a child and try not to make any other constraints


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