Gaming Circles, Women's Leisure and Lulzing Medusa: Shira Chess interviewed by Torill Mortensen

Torill Mortensen interviews Shira Chess about her latest book, Play Like a Feminist. Their wide-ranging discussion takes us through the core themes of the book and beyond, including women’s leisure, the role of games and play in feminism and vice versa, transgressive play, feminist protest, and the potential of gaming circles.

Play Like a Feminist. is available now from MIT Press. Find out more about the book including examples of games for starting your own gaming circle at

Shira Chess is an associate professor in Entertainment and Media Studies at the University of Georgia. Her work primarily tackles the intersections of gender studies and game studies, but she has also worked on topics including slenderman memes and pervasive gaming. Find her on Twitter at

Torill Mortensen is an associate professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. She has worked on games, play and players since the early 1990s, and has most recently turned her focus to transgression and transgressive aesthetics. She keeps a blog at

Produced and edited by Dom Ford.