[Ansteorra] Questions about crowns and crown tournaments

Rose M. Welch rose_welch at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 20 11:47:56 PDT 2012

I'm a little confused. Proponents of Inspirational Equality have repeatedly been told that we're a minority and that the majority don't want this. Doesn't that make us the dissenters? Aren't our words the ones that could lead to trouble for us? If the 'no change' view is truly the majority, then speaking out in favor of that view shouldn't be an issue.

I also wonder at the idea that I would be commiting social suicide by speaking a well-reasoned view, either way. I mean, the kind of folks who would censure me for that aren't ones that I'd like to spend my hobby time with. Of course, I am obnoxious and maybe that comes with a duck's back... :P

~Rose de la Rose

(Note: I absolutely respect anyone's right to stay quiet for whatever reason they choose, including no reason at all.)

Andreas von Meißen <scamiz at gmail.com> wrote:

>Though I do not share his feelings about the root issue, I am forced to
>agree with Miles on this point. I have no doubt that many people are
>keeping their feelings silent on this and many other topics for fear of the
>massive social repercussions that expressing those opinions would cause.
>I know I have many opinions which I keep to myself because to express them
>would be tantamount to sociopolitical suicide. Until someone
>can guarantee me that no-one will hold those opinions against me, I will
>continue to keep them to myself. Even then, knowing human nature, I'd still
>be inclined to keep quiet.
>If that is what we are going for, great. If not, then perhaps we should
>rethink our reactions to dissenting attitudes.
>-- Andreas
>I was made very aware of this in a private exchange, where I was informed
>> that, because of my opinion on this issue, I should probably just leave the
>> SCA.  You will never hear from many, perhaps most, opposing views on this
>> issue for exactly that reason.  Why would anyone express an opinion here,
>> when to express that opinion can lead to disapprobation?  I've expressed
>> mine, and there are peers who have expressed a strongly opposing view.
>>  What if I were seeking elevation to the Peerage?  Do you really expect me
>> to believe that my views on this would not be held against me?  Or that
>> voicing those opinions would not lead me to be excluded in other ways?
>>  Even if the atmosphere had not already been somewhat hostile, how many
>> people do you really think are willing to take that chance?
>>   Miles Grey
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