Game manufacturer Hasbro is about to release a feminist version of its perennially-popular game, Monopoly.
At first glance, this story appears trivial. Major corporations have pandered to the left so often that this remake of Monopoly seems to be, in the words of Shakespeare, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
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However, the new game displays an internal fault line within the feminist movement that is well worth noticing.
A “Groundbreaking” New Look
The new game has a new icon. The familiar “Uncle Pennybags” was dressed in formal garb with a top hat. The original character represented the dog-eat-dog, plutocratic spirit that many Depression-era Americans ascribed to Wall Street.
The new icon is his “niece,” a woman of the new millennium. She has shoulder-length hair and wears a gray blazer over a green blouse. On the blouse is the word “GO” and the red arrow familiar to the original game’s many players. Her face displays a knowing smirk.
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Hasbro’s Senior Director of Marketing, Jen Boswinkel headed the team that developed the new game. She is very proud of her work. Her “LinkedIn” page contains many images and videos of the new game. There are plenty of positive comments. Hasbro President, Jonathan Berkowitz is pleased saying, “So proud of this amazing team!”
The Ideology of Preference
Hasbro’s press release spells out the politically correct ideas behind the new game:
“Ms. Monopoly gives new meaning to the franchise, as properties are replaced by groundbreaking inventions and innovations made possible by women throughout history, and instead of building houses, you build business headquarters. From inventions like WiFi to chocolate chip cookies, solar heating and modern shapewear, Ms. Monopoly celebrates everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories – all created by women.
“Ms. Monopoly is also the first-ever game where women make more than men – a fun spin in the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men. However, if men play their cards right, they can make more money too.”
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USA Today provides a few more details, “The banker doles out $1,900 in Monopoly Money to each female player and $1,500 to each male. The gap continues every time a player passes go with women collecting $240 and men $200.”
Was Feminism Ever About Equality?
The open discrimination against men is glaring. When the so-called “second-wave feminist movement” started in the mid-sixties, the cry was for equality. The National Organization for Women (NOW) Statement of Purpose (1966) concluded with a paragraph that began, “We believe that women will do most to create a new image of women by acting now, and by speaking out in behalf of their own equality, freedom, and human dignity – – not in pleas for special privilege, nor in enmity toward men… but in an active, self-respecting partnership with men.”
The keyword in feminist literature was always equality. As subsequent “affirmative action” legislation proved, the language of equality always had an important caveat. Equality was only desired in those aspects of life in which men heretofore had an advantage. Feminists usually left feminine privilege alone. For example, men’s colleges were forced to become “co-ed” with all deliberate speed, while women’s colleges could remain exclusively female havens. Most levels of government gave some preference to vendors and contractors led by women.
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Ms. Monopoly addresses a new generation with deliberate inequality. Mock-ups of the box cover carry the line, “The first game where women make more than men.” Uncle Pennybags looks on with an expression of alarm from the lower right corner of the box.
A Lesson and a Warning
The deliberate discrimination unmasks the feminist movement. Whereas old feminist used to denounce all discrimination, it appears the latest evolution approves of good discrimination against those who are listed as “oppressors.” Equality is only for some and not all.
Such conclusions are not surprising given the nature of leftist movements. They all follow a class-struggle narrative of oppressors versus oppressed. During the struggle, militants will insist upon equality for all. When the oppressors are overthrown, however, they must be ruthlessly suppressed. They must be denied equal treatment in all fields—even in an innocent game of Monopoly.
Those who pursue the LGBTQ+ agenda now use this same narrative. The cry of equality can also be heard. However, the hard fist of tyranny can be expected by those who oppose these behaviors. They must be suppressed in all fields — whether it be baking cakes or printing invitations.
The final goal is not equality for everyone but free rein to all errors and suppression of those who affirm true and virtue. The best way to fight this truly cultural war is to unmask the final goal in every aspect that it appears, like that of Ms. Monopoly. When their ugly contradictions are exposed, leftists must find other ways to advance to GO.