The Ludic Bestiary: Misogynistic Tropes of Female Monstrosity in Dungeons & Dragons

  title={The Ludic Bestiary: Misogynistic Tropes of Female Monstrosity in Dungeons \& Dragons},
  author={Sarah Stang and Aaron Trammell},
  journal={Games and Culture},
  pages={730 - 747}
This article introduces the concept of the ludic bestiary, a game mechanic that the authors argue produces abject bodies. Using the “hag” in Dungeons & Dragons as a case study, the authors demonstrate how the game’s bestiary, the Monster Manual, functions as a tool of patriarchal control by defining, categorizing, and classifying the body of the female other as evil, abject, and monstrous. Importantly, the ludic bestiary not only exists as a core rulebook in Dungeons & Dragons but has also been… 

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