"It's our SCA too," created March 18, 2008.
"I am the SCA" created May 25, 2012.
I started the "I am the SCA" meme a couple years ago, specifically for people who had been told "You can't do that* in the SCA" by blinkered idiots whose game they not only were not harming but were contributing to. (*Having a non Western European persona, fighting with swords with actual steel content, you know, that sort of thing.)
A couple nights ago, I logged on to find a photo of me had been used to create a meme. I didn't particularly appreciate having someone put words that were not mine into my mouth, even in so-called fun. Like it or not, I'm the Poster Girl for "You can't do that in my SCA" for some who continue to be blinkered. I am also, despite that, a Peer of the Society. What I say and do, or am perceived to have said or done, matters. (Word got back to the party in question, she apologized and removed the photo of me.)
Also, I'm old. I was raised to be a good sport, to be as gracious in defeat as in victory. Smack talk, even in fun, sits ill with me, and my face had just been associated with that very thing.
I decided to make a positive statement, using the "I am the SCA" model. "I am the [insert Kingdom name here]" is my doing. If we truly believe our Society is a courteous one, is it not better to express our love of what we do by positive statements instead of tearing down "rivals" who love the same things we do?
I am gratified beyond measure that so many have given thought and voice to their love of and pride in their Society. I had no idea it would go any further than my wall.
There you are. That's what happened and why your friends are all proclaiming "I am the West, East, Calontir, etc.'
I am Lisa Joseph, amateur historian, Japanophile, novice fencer, proud member of the Society For Creative Anachronism since 1995, subject of the Kingdom of the West, Citizen of the Known World, known as Saionji no Hana.
"I am the West" created September 4, 2015, posted to Facebook at 11:10 AM, PDT.