Good advice, but Brent's problem will be that she can only pull it off once. After that, using the AC's logic, she'd be booted out no matter how good her impression is.
Originally Posted by FloridaConfederate
This is a decision that has less to do with history than a particular philosophy of reenacting.
It's a shame. As I've said before, many female reenactors stand out not because they would stand out from the real soldiers of the war, but because their boyish looks contrast so much with the average male reenactor -- even the average, self-proclaimed "authentic" reenactor.
Not every woman who passed as a man was especially masculine or entirely unsuspected. An excellent case is that of "Walter Herold", discussed in the book Tarnished Eagles.
But, as stated elsewhere, the AC Forum is a private organ staffed by volunteers who have every right to their own attitude and philosophy.
Brent can still go there to research, I assume, but if she just wants to learn then she'll probably find her time better spent in pure research. And if she just wants to chat with other reenactors, then Paul's right.
Welcome to Szabo's, Jennifer. Try "Common Ground" too -- many of the people who post useful information on the AC Forum post there as well, and the moderators are generally sensitive to people's feelings.
M. A. Schaffner
Midstream Regressive Complainer