Feb 26 2014

Which would you choose?

As Blanche Quizno points out, there was this:

It’s not a pink version of Battleship, it’s the women segregated in the kitchen doing the chores. Which is more infuriating?

I can’t choose between them.


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  1. 1

    Yeah, but what about the plight of the men? That’s a really ugly tank top that dad’s wearing!! Won’t anybody think of the real victims here? :P

  2. 2
    Anne D

    I’d go with the Battleship box; it’s downright offensive in the “boys and men play while women and girls do all the boring housework” department. At least the pink Monopoly box is a little more subtle about its sexism.

    And Athywren, I think Dad’s wearing a sweater vest, not a tank top. It’s still ugly.

  3. 3
    chigau (違う)

    The women-folk are in the kitchen plotting the overthrow of the patriarchy while the men-folk are dictracted by a silly game.
    While wearing the clothing chosen for them by the women.

  4. 4

    I think the monopoly bothers me more. I don’t know when either of these was produced, but the battleship box just looks older. Not that that should give it a pass, but I think I’m less bothered that something sexist like that was out 50 years ago, vs the monopoly for girls, which looks like something I might’ve seen growing up in the nineties.

  5. 5
    chigau (違う)

    Unintentional, I assure you.

  6. 6

    They both make me want to break things. They’re both creepy, sad, nasty and stupid in their assumptions. But on the whole I think this one is even worse; at least with the pink monopoly set women are still actively engaging with the game.

    (trivia: that’s a tank top in the UK, as far as I can see – is this a language-across-the-pond thing by any chance?)

  7. 7

    It is clear the real victim here is the guy forced, likely by a female, to wear a sweater vest. The women are granted the dignity of work and functional engagement with the real world while the males are infantalized by being given, an activity so trivial and unimportant that it it is openly called a game, something they can’t screw up. The game is the functional equivalent of the busy box you give to an infant to keep the busy and out of the way.

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    Ibis3, Let's burn some bridges

    I’d go with pink Monopoly. At least they had the excuse that it actually was the 60s when the Battleship box was made. One would hope the toymakers would be over that shit by now. Sadly, disappointed.

  9. 9

    I’m going with the women in the kitchen who are plotting to take over the world

  10. 10
    Marcus Ranum

    Let’s make simulated pointless slaughter of thousands, in a Jutland-style naval fight, into light fun! The women are wisely keeping out if it while wondering why men are so enamored with violence.

  11. 11
    Pierce R. Butler

    Apparently the house is so cold that the mere males have to wear long sleeves & sweaters, but the females go ruggedly bare-armed.

    Or maybe the kitchen feels warmer because they’re baking a cake.

  12. 12

    That’s an old box: the current one is here :


    Can’t tell for sure on my iPhone but the kid on the left looks like a girl.

    The Monopoly game on the other hand features text messages so pretty sure that’s current.

  13. 13

    It is clear the real victim here is the guy forced, likely by a female, to wear a sweater vest. The women are granted the dignity of work and functional engagem

    No, if has the real victim he’d have to wear an actual sailor uniform like a that makes him look like a Japanese schoolgirl.

  14. 14

    Oh, oh. I know; it’s like at our house when I cook dinner, because I hate doing dishes, and my wife does dishes afterwards, because she hates to cook. Ya think?

    As for the sweater vest, fuggedaboutit – it’s that red shirt!!

  15. 15

    Why does anyone need a boxed game to play battleship? We played it with pencils and paper. No box with saddening images. The game can be played anywhere. (It was common to play it in class when things got boring.)

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