This isn’t usually a ranty blog, but I was whipped into a frenzy by a post I read over at SINGLE SLUMMY MUMMY (hey Jo!) and I just had to mention something I came across something the other day that made my blood boil.
The girls are old enough now to play board games, so the other day OH and I went out and bought them one of my childhood favourites, Guess Who?. My cousin and I spent hours playing this as kids, but for the first time I noticed something about the game that really bothered me.
Out of 24 characters on the board, only five were female. FIVE. How is that even a remotely accurate view of the world, where half of the seven billion people on the planet are women (in fact it’s slightly more than 50 percent in the United Kingdom)?
I understand that ‘it’s just a game’ and that it first came out in 1979 when women were even less fairly represented, but this was an updated version that came out in 2007, so there’s no excuse for such old-fashioned discrimination.
It saddens me because it’s sending the message to our children that women are unequal to men – so much so, they don’t even deserve to be accurately portrayed on a kids’ board game.
And why not? It just doesn’t make any sense. In fact, it even makes the game quite unfair; if you select a female as your ‘face’ for the game you’re immediately at a disadvantage as the inevitable first question (are you a man/woman?) enables your competitor to narrow the field down to just five possibles with one move.
This everyday sexism is something I’ve become increasingly aware of since having daughters, and it makes me so sad. I want my girls to make life decisions based on their thoughts and dreams and ambitions, not because they’ve subconsciously receiving the message that women aren’t really equal – not even in the pretend world of a board game.
What are your thoughts?