Exceeding the Gendered Boundaries of Play

Our chat with Dr. Shira Chess

May 12, 2021

What if we played games not ‘like a girl,’ but instead, ‘like a feminist?’ An Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Georgia, Dr. Chess probes the cross-section of video game studies and gender studies. Her latest book published by Duke University Press, Play Like a Feminist, prompts us to consider video games through a feminist lens—and both surpasses “the boundaries of gender yet still advocates for gender quality.”

In this talk, Killscreen Founder Jamin Warren discussed Chess’ work, thought, and trajectory. We touched on the importance of “playful protest,” the intimate communities a ‘gaming circle’ can foster, the symbiotic relationship between video games and feminism, and why games should be considered as works of art in their own right.

Check out the recording and transcript of the event below!

About Your Speaker

Shira Chess is an Associate Professor of Entertainment and Media Studies at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Play Like a Feminist (MIT Press, 2020), Ready Player Two: Women Gamers and Designed Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), and co-author of Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man: The development of an Internet Mythology (Palgrave, 2014). Much of her research investigates how video games are designed for and marketed to women audiences and the expansion of video games as a market. Learn more about her work at playlikeafeminist.com.

What to Expect

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