Hasbro's got another great Christmas present lined up for someone you despise, in the form of the latest tinkering with the Monopoly rules to empower and/or mock a particular demographic. It's hard to believe this exists and was therefore approved by numerous people on seven-figure salaries, but here it is: Ms Monopoly.
The ham-fisted politic here is the addressing of the gender pay gap, which Ms Monopoly does by handing female players £240 each time they pass go, whereas the men only receive the standard £200. This rights all the wrongs of generations of inequality, Hasbro says, although it is also perhaps a bit too much like putting all the women players on benefits or setting the game to easy mode for them, because, the poor things, they don't really understand how investments work and need money from daddy for buying clothes, shopping etc..
Here, knock yourself out with forehead slaps:
There is an educational undercurrent to it all that could save the game from being quite the worst thing ever, mind, with the usual properties replaced by inventions developed by female engineers, and players buying these and therefore learning that everything we now know wasn't invented by a man in a suit in 1981.
Hasbro's Jen Boswinkel said: "With all of the things surrounding female empowerment, it felt right to bring this to Monopoly in a fresh new way. It's giving the topic some relevancy to everyone playing it that everybody gets a turn, and this time women get an advantage at the start." [USA Today via Standard]