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September 26, 2019


Wonder what isle that will be found in.....

I found "Ms Monopoly" to be pandering and sexist. Segregating women to their own game isn't Feminist. It's anti-feminist. It's saying girls and women can't compete with boys and men. And boys and men see it as girls and women need their own game with a financial lead (females get more Monopoly cash to start) to compete on their level. This is the very last lesson I'd want my nieces to learn.

The game is going backwards, not forward. Feminism was about getting a seat at the table with men. Now we are going back to our own table in a different room. Regular Monopoly is "for boys and men" by default because Ms Monopoly is for girls and women.

I also found it ageist. Hasbro didn't replace Mr Monopoly with a female peer; they replaced him with a much younger model.

As far as dolls are concerned, I need to see them in person and understand how 6-year-old plays with them. I will say that I wrote a piece for NYPost on my thoughts on the body type Barbies a few years ago. Little girls don't think Barbie is "perfect" as you say. They think she is pretty and has pretty hair and has an endless wardrobe. She doesn't look like me and what did I care? Neither did my blonde baby doll or Raggedy Anne. To little girls (and a few boys) she is a doctor one day, a bride one day, a banker on day, and a teacher one day... Barbie is whomever the child wants her to be. And she (or he or they) will choose the barbie on the shelf they think has the cutest outfit. That is why she is a classic. Children's imaginations are the most important ingredient in any toy or game. When we assume they have no imagination, it's our fault - not theirs - and it's not the thing that moves society forward. It's what holds it back.


Alpha is the generation after GenZ

Richard, no matter what spin Mattel puts on these dolls, it's still a bad message to children and to society as a whole. All we have to do as parents and as a society is to teach our children and for that matter adults to respect others, no matter what their race, religion, sex or political views--period.

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