Hasbro will address the Patriarchy by instilling female-privilege into its iconic game.
In a move that supposedly will empower women and is not in any fashion whatsoever pandering, it has been announced that a new version of the generationally popular board game MONOPOLY is getting a makeover (unless, it is sexist to say so…) The new version is being dubbed “Ms. Monopoly’, and there will be new rules.
One of America’s most recognizable board games is getting an upgrade. Hasbro is debuting a new game celebrating women’s empowerment — Ms. Monopoly, marking the first time in Monopoly history when a new mascot will be featured on the cover of the game.
The twist? In Ms. Monopoly, female players will get more money.
The most notable change is that when women pass GO they will receive a 20% increase over the male players, receiving $240.00 each time they pass, while men are paid at the standard $200 limit. In addition, other changes will be seen, such as instead of buying properties you will be buying inventions created by women.
‘It’s a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men,” the company said in a press release. It seems a rather odd choice to think you are empowering girls who play by delivering the message they can only succeed if the standards are tilted to favor them. Nothing is being repaired by this rule change, because in the original game there was no gender pay imbalance — everyone received the same income and all players had an equal opportunity to succeed.
Now the message to young females is they need to have a built-in advantage in order to succeed, with them having to deal with the resentment when they end up winning. It would be deeply instructive if one of those businesses that players could invest in was the Handsome Her Bakery. This was the Australian eatery that made global headlines when it was going to charge male customers eighteen percent more than women — and promptly went out of business. There is your teachable roll of the dice.
Of course, if you are going to insert social engineering into the rules that means that the exact same tactic can be used to undermine those same rules. The fix to any male player who feels slighted by the gender dynamics is to simply have them declare that they self-identify as a female — and just that easy you have found yourself on the receiving end of more income!