Hasbro is having a good month. They have followed a strong showing of Star Wars female action figures and toys at the Toy Fair, with a spotting of the announced Black Widow Titan Action…
Hasbro launched a new version of Star Wars Monopoly, and in doing so they have created a great disturbance in the force. Once again, they have left out Rey, the main character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and included no other women in the set.
The game description on the Hasbro web site says:
Includes Episode VII and Legacy tokens
Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker represent the “Legacy” tokens — fair enough, I guess. But the Episode VII tokens are villain Kylo Ren and … second lead Finn. The choice to exclude the main character of Rey yet again is not only puzzling for logistical reasons, it deprives gamers of the opportunity to play as a woman. (Adding more tokens so we could include Han and Leia would have been a great choice.)
Many retailers are marketing this as Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly. How will parents explain to their daughters that the main character from the movie is not an option for them when they play the game?
Reaction has been swift and brutal on social media, but perhaps no one put it as eloquently as this little girl.
— Carrie Goldman (@CarrieMGoldman) January 4, 2016
We’re not sure if Hasbro thinks that girls don’t play Monopoly or that they don’t like Star Wars. Both assumptions are incorrect. It’s 2016, Hasbro. Time to get with the program.
h/t Legion of Leia
Let’s make one thing clear. All the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World are female. This is actually a plot point both in the first movie and in the books.
All the animals in Jurassic Park are female. We’ve engineered them that way. …
We control their chromosomes. It’s really not that difficult. All vertebrate embryos are inherently female anyway, they just require an extra hormone given at the right developmental stage to make them male. We simply deny them that.
While admittedly this system ran into some major bugs in the first movie. It appears they have worked the kinks out by Jurassic World, which begins with the park fully open and functional, and a complete lack of surplus dinosaurs feasting on the entrails of wayward tourists.
In particular, the velociraptors made in the movie are female. They are part of a program InGen set up with Chris Pratt’s Navy Seal / “dino whisperer” character Owen. We are told the raptors “imprinted” on Owen in the lab.
Some people online actually joked that the raptors allow the movie to pass the Bechdel Test. After all, the dinosaurs do have a conversation halfway through the movie. (I maintain it fails the test because even though they are talking, I’m pretty sure they are talking about Pratt.)
So the dinos are girl dinosaurs, which in any sane world would mean absolutely nothing — after all, dinosaurs don’t care about gender politics.
Unfortunately, people do.
Jessica Halladay over at The Geekiary ordered a toy version of “Blue,” Pratt’s lead raptor buddy in the movie, from the Hasbro. But while reading the description of the toy, she noticed something strange.
I ordered a Blue figure because I couldn’t resist. Only, I noticed something strange. Blue is a girl. The description done by Hasbro referred to her as a “he.” I thought, ‘Huh, that’s weird. Maybe they just wrote a bad description.’ But, I checked the descriptions for Charlie, Delta, and Echo as well. All were described as males by Hasbro. They’re all females.
That’s right, Hasbro is so afraid that boys won’t play with anything girly, that they reassigned the genders of all the dinosaurs in Jurassic World so as not to bruise fragile male egos.
It is a bit of a slippery slope, though. If Hasbro admits that kids might actually play with female dinosaurs, the next thing you know they might have to make female superheroes…
…and we know they aren’t going to do that.
via The Geekiary
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