This paper investigates the potential for new forms of gendered performance in live action fantasy roleplaying games. Using a poststructuralistic perspective, we examine how gender and normativity is reproduced through discourse. Judith Butler’s theories regarding sex and gender are used as a basis for understanding the underlying discourses and normative behaviour concerning the biological sex, the social gender and the expected physical appearances. The research is conducted based on four interviews with active roleplayers from the Danish roleplaying community RoS-Live. Our analysis shows that, despite the roleplaying community’s immediate openness towards sexual and gender minorities, they still reproduce limiting and stereotyped discourses. This contradiction suggests that there is a potential for performing other gendered roles but it is not entirely possible to escape the discourses of the outside world. The analysis also suggests that the agency of the roleplayers relies on the genre of play, where creating roleplaying scenarios that specifically includes other gendered categories would encourage new ways of gendered praxis.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Vejledere||Bettina Christel Hjortholt|
- Judith Butler