2015 Copenhagen Talks

Girls in Armour – a Danish Feminist Movement – Ann Eriksen

In 2009 17 women made an all female regiment for the Danish game Warlarp V. What started as an attempt to fit into a “mans” world ended as serious and important input in the Danish debate about feminism and womens representation. This is the story about what we did, how we did it, the mistakes we made and the succes we had.

Ann Eriksen is Danish larp organiser, scenario writer and feminist. She has been an major part of shaping the Danish larp convention Forum for several years and has helped fundraise over 150.000 DKK (20.000 EUR) for the Danish central role-playing organisation Bifrost. She is an active participant in debates about feminism and women’s rights, both in Larp and her field of study, which is History of Art. Last year she debuted as a scenario writer for the Danish convention Fastaval; her second Fastaval scenario will premier this year.

Ann Kristine Eriksen

2 replies on “Girls in Armour – a Danish Feminist Movement – Ann Eriksen”

Nice! Gave me a lot of food for thought about the larps I play and how far we’ve come in having more and more women play them – and how we can keep making it accessible. In the larps I’m currently playing in Georgia USA, we have one production company running two larps and a community that has built up over time. In my early days of larping – 20 years ago, it was astonishing to be a girl wanting to play, but our community has slowly built up more and more women. 5-10 years ago, it was astonishing if a girl wanted to play a fighter instead of a healer. Now, well, sometimes girls have to defend why they want to heal instead of fight (not in any serious fashion, but it’s kind of funny).

Anyway, I love that you are doing this, and that you’ve turned it into a network. Sometimes you just have to see that someone else is willing to do such things, to have the courage to do it yourself.

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