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You know the one...the one I'm going to lose my head over and probably some friends, because I'm going to come across as hateful and intolerant I'm sure.

ETA:  Here's a link to SCA Today:  http://www.scatoday.net/node/21565#comments

Personally, I like having a King and a Queen on the throne.  There's a reason for this, and I'll try and explain as best I can, although I'm pretty sure I'm going to fuck it up.

Okay, let me start at the beginning, or at least at the beginning in my head.

Let's start with peerages.  Yes, there are more female peers than male peers, at least when it comes to the Laurel and the Pelican, but when it comes to the sticking point, the peerage that appears to have the most "power" is the Chiv and the Chiv is overwhelmingly men. 

In Ansteorra, we have had four women elevated to the Chiv, and out of those four, three were elevated after they'd already sat on the throne at least once. 

So, with that being said, although I would love for anyone to fight for the love of their lives, and to place their most beloved partner on the throne, I'm also deeply uneasy about meddling with the ONE truly powerful position for women in the SCA, and anyone who thinks people won't game the system for "power" are mistaken, I think.  Humans are good at a lot of things, and gaming systems is WAY up there on things we're not only good at, but things we LOVE to do.  Humans are hard-wired to do it, I swear. 

Bah.  I'm getting this all jumbled up. 

Suffice to say that I am uneasy about changing the rules because I think it will be abused, and while I'm sure there are some hot women sticks out there, I think the chances of a woman putting another woman on the throne are vanishingly small, and that by removing the "opposite gender" clause, we take away a position of influence for a woman.  Those positions are few and far between for women in the SCA as it is.

Agh.  I'll probably end up editing this a million times since it's all borked up.
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