Have you noticed that many of the old games you used to play as a family have been “upgraded”?
Hasbro, for example, just released its newest version of Monopoly this week — and this edition is “woke.”
The edition, called Ms. Monopoly, has a feminist mascot.
“While Mr. Monopoly is a real-estate mogul, Ms. Monopoly is an advocate whose mission is to invest in female entrepreneurs,” the company said in a statement.
It’s the first time in history the iconic game has had a different symbol other than the top-hat, money-carrying man.
Also, traditional playing pieces like the battleship and race car have been replaced by new tokens — such as a notebook and pen, a jet and a watch.
And now, the company is striking a blow against the patriarchy. In Ms. Monopoly, female players make more money.
Female players will collect $240 when they pass “Go” — while males will collect the traditional $200. The box brags this is the first game in which women make more than men.
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Though “jail,” “luxury taxes,” and “chance cards” still exist, players no longer buy property. Instead, they invest in women-created inventions such as Wi-Fi and chocolate chip cookies.
In a statement, the company declares this is “a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men. But don’t worry, if men play their cards right, they can make more money, too.”
Though this is supposed to be inspiring, this writer finds it inadvertently reinforces gender binary norms.
Isn’t there some sort of acknowledgment for the “differently gendered”? Doesn’t Hasbro know that two genders is oh-so-old-fashioned? Has-“bro,” indeed.
In 2019, no one has a dog in the males vs. females fight. A company that truly wants to be progressive needs to distinguish between sex and gender. According to everyone in the know, there are an unlimited number of genders. It’s a mental and social construct rather a physical and genetic one.
“LGBTQ,” in fact, is now “out.” Instead, there is the more inclusive “LGBTQQIAAP.” What is Hasbro going to do for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, allies, asexual, or pansexual among us?
Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
If men still win the game, is there some sort of reparations for the female players?
What about minority players? Does Hasbro expect them to sit back and enjoy a game that doesn’t recognize their unique challenges in life, especially one that has been based historically in this horrific construct called — what was it called?; I can barely remember — capitalism.
And while we’re at it, why is “go directly to jail” still a thing? Do we not believe in due process anymore?
Monopoly, in a lame attempt to become woke, is sending the wrong message to women.
Actually, to ask the question is to answer it. While the rest of the world is fighting for criminal justice reform, it looks like Monopoly is up to the same ol’ mass incarceration bit.
If black people play, is Monopoly rigging the system to make sure they get sent to jail for infractions that give white players a slap on the wrist?
This is all inane, of course. Monopoly, in a lame attempt to become woke, is simply sending the wrong message to women.
It seems Hasbro’s male CEO, Brian Goldner, doesn’t believe women can win a game based on money unless he gives you a little extra boost.
Great to know what games not to buy for Christmas this year.
Mark Meckler co-founded the Tea Party Patriots. Today, he serves as president of Citizens for Self-Governance, a grassroots initiative that expands and directs the bipartisan self-governance movement. He also runs the Convention of States Action project.
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