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Men’s Rights Activists are losing it over a new version of Monopoly in which women make more than men

Every MRAs worst nightmare

By David Futrelle

From time to time, game company Hasbro gets bored and greedy and decides to perk up sales a little with a novelty version of the game Monopoly.

A couple of weeks ago, the company released Monopoly Socialism, a grim evocation of Soviet-style Communism seemingly designed to delight the Fox News crowd. Last year, they put out a similarly satirical version of Monopoly for Millennials, sans real estate, because “you can’t afford it anyway.”

Now the company has released a kind-of, sort-of feminist edition of the game — and Men’s Rights Redditors are crying “misandry.”

In Ms Monopoly, available for pre-order as of today, men get to see what it’s like to get paid less for the same work: Every time women pass “go” they collect $240, while men collect the standard $200.

Naturally, the inhabitants of the Men’s Rights subreddit — wage gap denialists all — don’t find any of this the slightest bit funny.

“That moment when you are so privileged in society that you need a leg up in a board game,” sniffed someone called Sir_Sux_Alot.

“Show boys that even when the rules are perfectly and objective fair to begin with and nothing is holding them back we still feel the need to give girls privilege over boys,” groused 5th_Law_of_Robotics.

“So they’ve taken a perfectly fair and equal game where everyone has the same chance as each other, and made it in to a sexist shit show,” lamented MrHolte.

“So when’s the new Life game come out?” asked Biff64gc.

Women getting discounted college degrees from female only scholarships and are guarenteed a stem or ceo job that pays more because of female affirmative action and men have a 90% chance of not finishing the game due to death or homlessness.

(Yes, these dudes actually believe that in the real world CEO jobs are handed out to women like candy; never mind that less than 7% of the CEOs in the Fortune 500 are women.)

“Well now I have seen it all,” mgtowjoe sighed.

The sad thing is even with 40$ more then men they will spend that one shoes and whatever other useless items that feed ego and not the common good.

Not to mention they talk about instead of properties it’s inventions that women made……. WI-FI…….. Last I heard that was an idea that was founded and proven by Tesla…..

Uh, no. Many people contributed to the invention of WiFi, including Hedy Lamarr, who is the person the game presumably celebrates.

The other invention listed was chocolate ship cookies….. Promoting the art of fattening foods to slam the idea of “healthy at any size” down our throats like a cock in a crappy porno film.

That’s … some interesting imagery there. I wouldn’t have gone directly from “chocolate ship cookies” to “cock shoved down throat” but I guess it does make for some vivid writing.

“Fuck you get woke go broke,” mgtowjoe concluded.

Someone called Ody_ssey bragged he’d beat the women at their own game.

I can guarantee I can still beat feminists in this game. The next 50% of the game is not about who had more money earlier. It becomes about decision making and probability and you need to make quick money management decisions to increase monopoly. They will complain about the game once men starts winning saying the dice is sexist.

NoButtholeNoGood, meanwhile, made the inevitable transphobic joke.

I’d just identify as female whenever I went to play this.

Hilarious.

No one tell these dudes about chess, in which the queen zooms about the board murdering opponents at will while the king stumbles around like some infomercial doofus.

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Allandrel
Allandrel
2 years ago

I’ve long hated Monopoly for the reasons others have outlined, and Risk because its mechanics very, very bad.

“So let me see if I understand: if I attack your territory,defended by 10 armies with 20 attacking armies, I will probably win at the cost of 12 armies.”

“Yes.”

“And if I attack your territory, defended by 10 armies with attacking 200 armies, I will probably win at the cost of 12 armies.”

“Also yes.”

“So there is no benefit whatsoever to attacking with superior force, because EVERY battle in this game is Thermopylae.”

“That is correct.”

“And my efforts to capture territories and conserve my forces will prove useless because the longer the game goes on, the more armies cards are worth, so on turn five Steve will turn in cards for more armies than any of us have raised this entire game and win because of that.”

“So you DO understand the rules!”

I was VERY happy to discover Axis & Allies at age 10, which, while not a perfect game, at least rewarded things like “concentration of force” and “planning ahead.”

Though my favorite board game of All Time is still Space Hulk. When played properly (i.e. 1st or 3rd edition) it is VERY tense.

Allandrel
Allandrel
2 years ago

We can’t boycott Hasbro! They’ll stop making G.I. Joes!

…wait, they haven’t made any G.I. Joes except convention exclusives since 2016…

Burn it all down.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
2 years ago

Supposedly, the width of the rust-colored stripe on woolly bears predicts the harshness of the coming winter. A wide stripe means a mild winter, a narrow stripe means a severe winter.

The rusty stripe correlates with the age of the caterpillar. More brown hairs mean it got going earlier in the spring. So basically, it predicts the harshness of the previous winter.

Growing up, one of my favorite eco-soy-cuck board games was Dirty Water. It has cute amoebas and groovy Schoolhouse Rock graphics, and teaches about the food chain and pollution. I still play it with the kids sometimes.

Re: Monopoly, my strategy is to pick the smallest game piece (the iron) and hope people don’t notice when it lands on their property.

Late in the game, once all the properties have been bought, it’s a good idea to get into jail and stay there. You can still collect rent while you’re serving time, but you’re not moving around the board landing on other players’ properties.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Buttercup

Late in the game, once all the properties have been bought, it’s a good idea to get into jail and stay there. You can still collect rent while you’re serving time, but you’re not moving around the board landing on other players’ properties.

That actually never occurred to me. I’ll remember to do that next time I’m forced to play Monopoly. That’s probably not a good real life strategy, however.

For me, Monopoly is often fun for the first few minutes but then gets boring as it drags on and on and on until people lose. I was once visiting my uncle when I was about 13 and he had a special edition Monopoly set. My sister and parents and I started playing and my parents lost pretty fast but my sister and I ended up playing for at least 6 hours a day for the next 2 days until I finally won. We didn’t have much else to do, so it was fine then, but not a riveting game by any means.

Fabe
Fabe
2 years ago

I agree with all those who are dissing monopoly. there are much better economic themed board games. The railroad building games from the empire builder series are pretty good as is power grid.

There is just too much of a roll and move aspect to monopoly for it to be really interesting and once a player gets all the good properties it just seems to become a slow grind to the end.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
2 years ago

We can’t boycott Hasbro! They’ll stop making G.I. Joes!

…wait, they haven’t made any G.I. Joes except convention exclusives since 2016…

And a couple of movies. Which raises a question: what the FUCK happened between the first and second film? I mean, in the second one, they’ve lost nearly all their cool tech — no energy guns, no Delta Accelerator Suits — and half the cast are dead, but Storm Shadow is back from the dead, somehow? And the music isn’t half as good, and and and. It’s like the second one was a lower-budget “mockbuster” from another studio (think: Transmorphers, Atlantic Rim), except for all of the branding saying it was the real sequel.

Kevin
Kevin
2 years ago

@ Cat Mara

Some British toffs ,at least, do use their title in place of their surname. Prince William was William Wales on his service record and Prince Harry was listed as Henry Wales. Using ‘Windsor’ might have been a bit inconvenient.

Alan Robertshaw
2 years ago

@ Kevin

Prince Harry was listed as Henry Wales

The naming was more of a security issue. A certain newspaper got a bit of bollocking when they leaked about William’s deployment.

Harry isn’t even a Wales; he’s Duke of Sussex.

rugbyyogi
rugbyyogi
2 years ago

I hate Monopoly for many of the reasons people describe above. Plus I naturally hoard in-game currency – which is a guarantee of fail.

My son had never played and really wanted to so he played with my partner and his son while I excused myself. I hoped he would discover that it was a crap game and never mention it again. Turns out my son won the game on a cliff-hanger ending – and now thinks it’s a great game.

Kevin
Kevin
2 years ago

@ Alan Robertshaw

A Sussex since his wedding day, when he was created (I think that’s the form of words) Duke of Sussex as a wedding present, I am led to believe.

He was a Windsor/Wales on joining up. And I was hinting about security with ‘Windsor’ being inconvenient.

Nonetheless, we do have here an example of toffs substituting their title for their surname as common oiks like me understand them.

Moon_custafer
Moon_custafer
2 years ago

@ Cat Mara:

Oh yeah, the Stanford White murder and trial are *famous*– they’re the rl events that the book/movie/musical Ragtime is based around, and there are probably other works that reference it too.

(If you need an architectural-career chaser, go look up Paul R. Williams, African-American architect who designed many of the iconic buildings in and around LA)

Moon "Null Null" Custafer

@Alan Robertshaw:

That reminds me—yesterday I hit a “can’t remember password, please send me an automatic email” button, and either it included first and last name fields I didn’t notice and fill, or the fields didn’t exist on the screen but where still referenced in the code, because the response email I got, while perfectly usable, began “Hi NULL NULL.”

Katamount
Katamount
2 years ago

Agreed on the obnoxious mechanics of Monopoly. House rules always made it more fun in our family, like the Free Parking tax windfall.

@Fabe

Aww, you beat me to the Undergrads reference. Man, I tried watching that show again… hasn’t really aged that well.

Just on the topic of mad inventors, I might have mentioned this a couple years back when I returned from Nova Scotia, but much like Tesla was wrong about a lot more things than he was right on, Alexander Graham Bell was much the same way. The AGB National Historic Site in Baddeck has a treasure trove of artifacts from his years living there. Once he had the patent money from his development of the telephone to set him up for life (which was in his late 20s, early 30s), he literally just busied himself with family and whatever scientific stuff interested him for the remaining 50 years of his life. Genetics, biology, aeronautics, physics, he devoted time to all of it. Aeronautics was his big thing later on (hence the Silver Dart), but most of his experiments were either unsuccessful or weren’t picked up by the governments of the US, Britain or Canada.

Setting Bell’s eugenics support aside (which I suspect stemmed from viewing deafness as a pathology rather than a culture), I find he actually stands as an example of the power of science and imagination. Seeing the photos of Bell in his later years at Baddeck, he was clearly devoted to his wife, daughter and his grandchildren and had a love of science that was every equal his love for his family. It’s a stark contrast to this “antisocial misunderstood genius” trope that Manospherians heap upon Tesla.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Katamount
IIRC Bell had some very strange looking aircraft designs, all of which failed. I almost wish they had succeeded, seeing as modern day airplanes would look cooler if they looked like this:
http://www.century-of-flight.freeola.com/Aviation%20history/up%20to%20WW%201/images/3a.jpg

Alan Robertshaw
2 years ago

@ Kevin

Duke of Sussex as a wedding present

Well, he probably has a waffle iron from his army days.

Dalillama
Dalillama
2 years ago

@Kevin

Using ‘Windsor’ might have been a bit inconvenient.

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They should’ve gone back to the old family name, and listed him as William Saxe-Coburg Gotha.

Moon Custafer
Moon Custafer
2 years ago

@Katamount, @Naglfar:

Bell was very into tetrahedral kite designs (which I imagine did provide a lot of structural strength) and it carried over, logically enough, into his aircraft experiments. Here’s a gif of Bell and his wife Mabel being cute with one of the kites (hope the gif doesn’t flash too much for anyone viewing it, if so please remove this post, Dave):
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Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Alan Robertshaw

Well, he probably has a waffle iron from his army days.

I guess he doesn’t need an oven, then! /s

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
2 years ago

@Katamount, Naglfar, Moon Custafer:
Heh. A ‘steampunk’ story I wrote years ago (meant to be in the third issue of a magazine that unfortunately folded after the second issue) and set in Canada during the construction of the B.C. end of the Canadian Pacific Railway actually used Alexander Graham Bell as a background character. One of the main characters in the story had used some of Bell’s kite designs to build what was essentially a hang-glider, which ended up being used in a rescue operation after a rockslide. I fudged the dates a bit, since in real history most of Bell’s work on kites wasn’t until 1898, but the railway was already built by 1886.

And regarding deafness, my understanding is that some deaf people curse his name to this day because he was one of the bigger proponents of ‘deaf people should learn to read lips and get along in normal society’ and actively tried to stamp out sign language during his life time. His work on sound and sound production that led to the telephone all started with learning how people speak and hear.

Katamount
Katamount
2 years ago

@Jenora Feuer

Sounds like a fascinating read!

And yeah, the Museum in Baddeck lays out that speech pathology and working with the hard of hearing was basically the Bell family business. Both his father and his grandfather had worked in that field and passed on that passion to him.

Cat Mara
Cat Mara
2 years ago

@Dalillama:

They should’ve gone back to the old family name, and listed him as William Saxe-Coburg Gotha.

Ye Pffft of All Knowledge suggests that the British Royal Family’s surname (if they can be said to have one at all) should be “Wettin”:

From King George I to Queen Victoria, the British Royal family was called the House of Hanover, being a junior branch of the House of Brunswick-Lüneburg and thus part of the dynasty of the Guelphs. In the late 19th century, Queen Victoria charged the College of Heralds in England to determine the correct personal surname of her late husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha—and, thus, the proper surname of the royal family upon the accession of her son. After extensive research, they concluded that it was Wettin, but this name was never used, either by the Queen or by her son (King Edward VII) or by her grandson (King George V); they were simply Kings of the House of “Saxe-Coburg-Gotha”.

Allandrel
Allandrel
2 years ago

@SurplusTo Requirements

And a couple of movies. Which raises a question: what the FUCK happened between the first and second film? I mean, in the second one, they’ve lost nearly all their cool tech — no energy guns, no Delta Accelerator Suits — and half the cast are dead,

The last movie was released in 2013, while the last retail toy releases were 2016. As for the events of the second movie, most of it was pretty clear – the Cobra/US attack in the first act killed most of the Joes that were at a field base for a mission, while most of their tech was back at the Pit or on the Flagg (which we did not see attacked, presumably for budgetary reasons), leaving Roadblock, Lady Jaye, and Flint as the only survivors at the field base, with Snake Eyes and Jinx out on the mission to capture Storm Shadow. Everyone at the Pit or the Flagg was presumably captured, killed, or went into hiding.

(Also, in the first film only Cobra had pulse weapons, because MARS Industries produces all the best toys.)

but Storm Shadow is back from the dead, somehow?

Eh, he’s a ninja master, and he only got stabbed and fell into icy water. He came back from worse in the comics. (Speaking of which, the films’ treatment of Storm Shadow displeased me greatly, despite how awesome Lee Byung-Hung is. The comics Storm Shadow is straight-up heroic, and he and Snake Eyes love each other like brothers, while the film Storm Shadow is at best an angry asshole, and he and Snake Eyes tolerate each other at most. Way to treat one of my favorite characters.)

And the music isn’t half as good, and and and.

Agreed on that. Henry Jackman is good, but he’s no Alan Silvestri.

It’s like the second one was a lower-budget “mockbuster” from another studio (think: Transmorphers, Atlantic Rim), except for all of the branding saying it was the real sequel.

It DID have a significantly lower budget. Plus, the new filmmakers were trying to hew closer to the Larry Hama comics and the 2010 Renegades cartoon, which were WAY less overtly sci-fi than the 80s cartoons or the 90s Sigma Six incarnation (which inspired the Accelerator Suits).

Still, it had a more accurate Cobra Commander than the first film, focused on my two favorite heroes (Roadblock and Storm Shadow, even if they made Storm Shadow a jerk), had one trulay amazing action sequence (the mountain chase), and did what Hasbro chickened out of in 1987 and actually killed Duke.

Why yes, G.I. Joe IS one of my autistic Special Interests, why do you ask?

Sillabub
Sillabub
2 years ago

The sad thing is even with 40$ more then men they will spend that one shoes and whatever other useless items that feed ego and not the common good.

Wait, since when can you buy shoes and other such ego-feeding commodities in Monopoly? Or items that serve the “common good” for that matter? Is this some weird variant I’ve never heard of, like that thing about putting your fines in the middle of the board and if someone lands on the Free Parking square they get to claim all the money?

Nerag
Nerag
2 years ago

This is what ‘socialist’ monopoly should be: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Monopoly

It isn’t really socialist, its a capitalist properly regulated free market.

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