[SCA-AE] Attitudes to children in the SCA
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Thu Jul 8 15:58:32 EDT 2010
I said "more likely than the random SCA member." Obviously there are
lots of people in such positions who don't have the attitude I
describe. To take a different example, Alys Katherine ran the
University, and did it very well, for many years, and I would never
describe her as viewing children that way.
>I am in agreement with most of what you have written but I must take
>exception to the last paragraph. You have known my husband, Baron
>William for many years, he is currently the seneschal of AEthelmearc.
>He is highly supportive of allowing and encouraging the youth and
>teens of the Society to be as fully active in our activities as
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>On Jul 7, 2010, at 8:46 PM, David Friedman <ddfr at daviddfriedman.com>
>> I may be wrong, but it is my impression that the people who run
>> things--kingdom seneschals, Pennsic staff, and others involved in
>> time intensive sorts of administrative work--are more likely than the
>> random SCA member to be in my first category, to view children as a
>> nuisance to be minimized rather than a resource and an opportunity.
>> One possible reason is that those jobs require a commitment of time
>> and energy that, while hard for anyone, is especially hard for a
>> parent, especially a parent of small children, to make. Hence I
>> suspect--I have no data--that those positions are more likely than
>> one would expect from random chance to be filled by people who do not
>> have children.
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