I joined the SCA thinking that it was devoted to scholarly research and re-enactment. But whenever I try to share my knowledge of historically accurate things, people call me an "Authenticity Nazi"! What's up with that?
— BookwormDear Bookworm,
You poor thing. You actually believed all that stuff the SCA corporate publications say about our club being "an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating pre-17th-century European history." Haven't you seen that bumper sticker, "It's NOT the Society for Compulsive Authenticity?" (It was stuck to a "dragon" near the "troll booth".) Recreation is more like it. The SCA was formed by hippies who couldn't bear the thought of enforcing a standard. In that grand tradition, many SCAdians today associate book-learning with Fascism. You have two choices - leading by example or running away and never looking back.