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personal rights vs. group needs

You are correct, Lady melys, that it is unfortunate that there are those who 
are unable to look at different lifestyles/belief systems with acceptance and 
an open mind.  But that is the reality of the world in which we live.  

And you are correct that you have a right to behave/dress however you like.
That right exists, however, until your exercising that right begins to impact 
negatively on those with whom you associate.

(I'm not sure who said it, but I think the operative phrase here is: Your 
right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.)

When we agree to participate in a society we inherently agree to give up, in 
differing quantities, our rights as individuals,  in return for the benefits 
that the society brings such as fellowship, companionship, and 

IMHO, agreeing to curb some behaviors that "may" reflect negatively on the 
SCA and to do my best to put the Society in the best possible light while 
people are first getting to know us is a small price to pay for the richness 
and depth that members of the SCA have given to my life. 

Lady Aislynn
Ponte Alto