I'm not sure any thread on Strathspey has ever evoked quite the combination
of reactions in me as this one, ranging from confusion, to being appalled,
to amusement, and also annoyance. I had just about determined to stay out of
it completely, but after having read the last few rounds of messages, I
can't resist adding a few comments.
1) What did I think when I saw the cover? My thoughts were, "Hey cool!
They are still doing SCD in the military" and "It's always nice to see men
dancing." Maybe I spend too much time around Morris dancers, but seeing men
dancing together does not automatically suggest to me that they are gay.
2) Who is the audience for the magazine? I would say unquestionably it is
members of the Society. Who else would see the magazine? It's not like it
is sold in newsstands at train stations or something. If I understand the
Society at all (which I admit is entirely possible I do NOT!) I think the
magazine is supposed to help retain members by keeping them feeling
connected with the organization. In particular, the Society is trying to
attract and retain younger people, so it would make sense for covers to
feature younger people dancing. To me, 41-year-old overseas member of the
society, the cover sent a very positive message. I commend them on this
3) Regarding the comment that the covers ought to feature more dancers from
other places in the world than Britain: Note that the previous issue's cover
featured a photo of some young Americans dancing in the California surf.
4) For those of you who thought the cover sends a message that SCD has a lot
of gay men: What would the Society be without gay men? Answer: A LOT
smaller! Possibly a lot less fun.
RSCDS Twin Cities Branch
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA