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damned_colonial ([personal profile] damned_colonial) wrote in [community profile] monstrous_regiment2010-05-28 11:20 am
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Welcome to [community profile] monstrous_regiment. This comm came out of a comment thread on some meta I wrote a while back about military fandoms.

Our user profile has the following description, which is just what I pulled out of my arse. If you have suggestions for improvements please net me know.

What this community is about

Military history and military fandoms are sometimes seen as "boys' interests". If a woman expresses interest -- whether academic, fannish, or just as a hobby -- it's often seen as an oddity.

This community exists as a space for women to talk about the military and related topics: history, historiography, culture, representations in media, book/tv/film reviews, research, fannish creations and meta, etc.

Examples of things that are on topic might include (but are not limited to):

* Reviews of books on military history
* Episode reviews of military TV shows (eg. "The Pacific")
* Looking for Regency romances that touch on the Napoleonic Wars
* Don't Ask, Don't Tell as a fanfic trope
* Women who fought in the US Civil War
* Experiences doing or witnessing historical re-enactment (of battles, etc)
* The home front and women's auxiliary services during WWII
* Questions about the Battle of Trafalgar
* How the Stargate Program works: chain of command, assignments, etc.
* Details of daily life for enlisted servicemen and women
* The after-effects of combat: injury, mental health, etc.
* Approaches to military history as a research field

Really, anything related to the military or to military conflict is welcome. To be explicit, "military" includes any military force (incl. navy, air force, etc), whether real or fictional, past, present, or future.

On being a women-centric community

This community exists to provide a space for women to talk about military subjects. We take a broad definition of "woman", and if you identify as one, then we include you. We don't require any assertion or test to qualify for membership -- in fact anyone may join -- but we ask that those who don't identify as women respect the space we've set up here, and don't try to usurp the conversation (whether in posts or comments).

Rules and stuff

* Cut-tag anything potentially triggering, sexually explicit, or with large images
* Anyone can add tags, so please go ahead and tag posts thoroughly
* Be respectful!

Where the name comes from

The term "Monstrous Regiment" originally comes from a 16th century political tract called The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, complaining about female heads of state at the time (especially Mary I of England and Mary Queen of Scots). Monstrous Regiment is also the title of a humorous fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, part of the Discworld series, about a girl who runs away to join the army, and which contains considerable commentary on women and the military.
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[personal profile] kimboosan 2010-05-31 10:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for starting this comm. I suspect I will be mostly a lurker, but I look forward to the recommendations and discussion here. I consider myself a pretty smart and stand-up kind of woman, but I've often felt that disenfranchisement on military comms that you talk about. My main historical focus is WWI and WWII, but I enjoy learning about any time period.

Thank you!