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Att spela heterosexuell: En studie av konstruktioner av genus och sexualitet i tv-spelen Prince of Persia och Fable II
Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The heterosexual play : a study of the construction of gender and sexuality in the videogames Prince of Persia and Fable II (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how gender and sexuality are made in the videogames Prince of Persia and Fable II, and more specifically to look at possibilities and limitations for the construction of gender and sexuality in these games. I understand videogames as an interactive media form that differs from other types of media like film and literature. It is a media form that depends on a player to be played. At the same time it is constituted by rules of how it can be played. I have analyzed my material by a method called close-playing. I ask questions about the conditions for play in terms of avatar design, ways of acting in and moving through the game by using Judith Butler’s notion of the heterosexual matrix and Gayle Rubin’s sex value system. I have found that Prince of Persia does not offer the player any possibilities to contribute to the making of gender and sexuality of the avatar. Fable II on the other hand provides a range of options that shape gender and sexuality. But at the same time the game rewards the player if he or she shapes the gender and sexuality of the avatar in a way that fits the heterosexual matrix. I argue that Prince of Persia carries rules for how you can shape gender and sexuality, and Fable II, carries rules for how you should shape it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, sexuality, video games, the heterosexual matrix, sex value system, representation, design, movement
Keyword [sv]
genus, sexualitet, tv-spel, den heterosexuella matrisen, den sexuella värdehierarkin, representation, design, rörelse
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-2542OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-2542DiVA: diva2:223490
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humaniora/teologi
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Available from: 2009-06-12 Created: 2009-06-12 Last updated: 2009-06-12Bibliographically approved

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