[Sca-cooks] OP/OT: Wanted: Opinions on Controversial Florilegium article

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Mon Aug 10 20:29:47 PDT 2009

Greetings to my fellow SCA-Cooks list members,

Recently I added a new article to the Florilegium and announced it in  
this month's Florilegium article. I got two, ah, strongly worded,  
demands that I remove the article form the Florilegium. I have since  
reviewed the article again and do not find it untruthful, although  
perhaps it does not always paint the Society in the best light.

The article is this one:
SG-SCA-Youth-art  (10K)  6/22/09  "Survival Guide for an SCA Youth" by  
                                      Gormlaith Bebbin Kathleen  

The comments included:
"This article does nothing but portrait the SCA as a group of  
backstabbing sexual deviants who engage in sexual harassment and under- 
age drinking of the worst kind with enough members who are aware of  
such behavior yet turn a blind eye or two." and

"I was deeply disturbed and concerned about what this young lady is  
intimating about the SCA.  As a parent this would scare me off from  
the organization and really puts us all in a bad light that we would  
continue to allow this behavior by our members and turn a blind eye."

My own feeling was that none of what the author said was untrue. I've  
seen much of it in my 20 years in the Society. This list is a  
collection of diverse individuals with a lot of different opinions at  
times. I would appreciate hearing your opinions on this article. I am  
not in a Peer-protoge relationship with anyone to turn to. There are  
however a number of Peers, and others that I highly respect on this  
list. I am interested in comments from non-Peers and folks with and  
without children or teenagers, as well.

Should I remove it because it puts our Society in a bad light? Or  
leave it as a useful article for the teenagers in the SCA?

The author was under pressure from her local group and then her  
Royalty to remove the article and have threatened her father, a Peer,  
with loss of his Peerage. I probably will remove the article because  
of her request.

I am unlikely to grant the request of a Royal just because they are a  
Royal. On the otherhand, I am willing to be convinced that I was wrong  
to have ever considered adding this article to the Florilegium.

I don't think this is appropriate discussion for this list, so please  
email me with your comments, pro or con.

Thank you.

THLord Stefan li Rous
THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas          StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at:  http://www.florilegium.org ****

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