LARP Queen: Is This Term Offensive and Outdated?

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Many gamers use ‘LARP queen’ as a term to describe a player who uses her sexuality to socially dominate a live action role playing game. LARP queens can operate with this behavior in and out of character. While both males and females can exhibit this behavior, it is more often applied to females because in the past, more males than females played monthly campaign-style LARPs in the United States.

Whether you find the term offensive or agreeable, the stereotype does exist, and usually it is a woman portraying the stereotype. Inan article about avoiding stereotypes, larping.org’s Kiri Brasseur clarifies the LARP queen as one who goes beyond exemplifying assertive leadership qualities, using flirtation and other means to get what she wants.

Tumblr user fabricatedgeek criticized the listing of the stereotype as it identified mainly women, asserting that it only encourages females to be wary of each other at games.

So the stereotype exists as does the term ‘LARP queen.’ What can LARPers, as a community, do about it? Find out at Examiner.com.

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Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles, nordiclarp.org, LARPing.org, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at: tmc.pressfolios.com.

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