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I am a Woman, I am a Fencer.

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Originally published 13 May 2015 The views contained in this article are those of the author. By: Rebecca Glass Note: This blog is a copy from the original text publish an written by Rebecca Glass. Esfinges got her direct permission to re-publish her work on this blog.   Original Text:  http://hemaphilia.tumblr.com/post/118841710732/i-am-a-woman-i-am-a-fencer   I am a Woman, I am…

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ESFINGES conduct policy & Intelectual Property Policy

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Originally posted 25 March 2015 Eddited and updated: 03 September 2018/ 05 September 2018 The following document is an official Esfinges Organizatión publication.  Esfinges Conduct Policy We want Esfinges to be a positive experience for all of our members. With that in mind, we have been discussing a conduct policy, but as this is not a…

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Ladylike Behaviour: Portraying and performing ‘womanness’ in HEMA

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Original article 28 Feb 2015 (Note: This article was originally written as a paper for an anthropology class called ‘Pleasure, Power and Gender in Sport’. The original article can be found here.) By Linde Simpson ‘I don’t emphasize it [being a woman] at all. I take a perverse amount of pleasure surprising people when I…

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The great fear of the Judge, and the great judge without fear

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Original article 21 February 2015 The views contained in this article are those of the author. By:  Mariana López. Not so long ago I was working on a blog post that started growing so long it was more like the start of a book about fencers that are dangerous to have on a tournament, tools to…

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Will Fight for a Website!!

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Original post 21 January 2015 DONATE HERE!   THANK YOU FOR HELPING US REACH OUR GOAL!!!!!! “Te graphic will be updated every 24 hours” For almost three years the Esfinges webpage has served well for its beginnings, but it was created with no knowledge of web design, with a “pre-made” program of .wix, an interface…

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10 tips to help recruit girls to your HEMA club

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Originally posted 18 January 2015 The views contained in this article are those of the author.  By Mariana Lopez On several occasions various people have mentioned the trouble of getting girls to try HEMA and after that, stay on… so we at Esfinges asked our members for ideas: 1.- Inclusive Images: There’s a large amount of…

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All I want for Christmas…

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Original article 4 December 2014 The festive season draws near, party preparations begin and we look forward to a new year of fighting, events and new discoveries. But what does every HEMAist want to find under the tree or tucked in their fencing socks?Time is running out for shopping, so to help you we asked…

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Exclusive extract from upcoming novel: ‘Goddess’, based on the life of La Maupin by Kelly Gardiner, published by Harper Collins

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Original post published 17 October 2014 Esfinges member and author Kelly Gardiner thought you might enjoy this extract from her new novel  Goddess, based on the life of seventeenth century swordswoman and opera singer, Julie  d’Aubigny (or Mademoiselle de Maupin). My father told me that if you take a blade in your hand, you take…

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Women in HEMA – Survey Results

By admin | Aug 22, 2016

Original posted 4 October 2014 We recently took a survey in our forum,129 Esfinges members replied. The aim was to find out more about our membership as a fairly representative sample of women in HEMA. And to build a picture of the female practitioner:   She has been practicing HEMA for one to three years,…

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Women and HEMA? What’s the problem?

By admin | Aug 22, 2016

Original article: 15 September 2014 Esfinges spotted the original in the AMHE bulletin. http://www.ffamhe.fr/archivesNL/Bulletin_des_AMHE_08_2014.html  So here is a translation for those not quite fluent enough in French.  It relates to an exciting survey that the French HEMA association has conducted among its female members. We are very much hoping to find out the results in due course. Thanks to Jeanne…

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