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Ms. Monopoly Ended Like Every Board Game Does, With Utter Outrage

Pass go and collect reinforced gender inequality.

In 2019, Hasbro announced it was introducing Ms. Monopoly, “the first-ever game in the Monopoly franchise that celebrates women trailblazers.” It sounded like a great idea on paper, but one year on, people are still pissed off about the misplaced feminism of this female-centric spinoff.

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Ms. Monopoly was created to “spotlight women who have challenged the status quo.” Hasbro’s commercial for the game profiles several young female inventors and entrepreneurs and surprises them with over $20K to “fuel their inventive spirit and further their projects.” It looks (and sounds) incredibly heart-warming, but on closer inspection, the game is incredibly problematic.

In Ms. Monopoly, “women get a higher payout at the start of the game and more money when passing go.” Then there’s the cringeworthy player tokens – the OG shoe, dog and boat have been replaced with a wine glass and what appears to be a jewelled watch. Not only is the game a harsh reminder of the pay inequality working women face on a daily basis, but it just reinforces the tired gender stereotype that females only care about materialistic objects like fine wine and expensive jewellery.

Even Ms. Monopoly herself is a cause for concern. According to Hasbro, she’s the niece of Mr. Monopoly AKA Rich Uncle Pennybags. While the game states she’s a “self-made investment guru,” Twitter users pointed out that she’s also the heir to her wealthy uncle who, in real life, would’ve more than likely given her the capital to start up her business.

Perhaps the most problematic part of Ms. Monopoly is Hasbro’s complete disregard of the fact that Monopoly was originally derived from The Landlord’s Game, a board game designed by a woman named Lizzie Magie in 1903. 

According to various reports, Charles Darrow has been widely credited as the inventor of Monopoly but actually copied Magie’s idea and sold it to the Parker Brothers, which later became a Hasbro brand. Darrow became incredibly wealth, but Magie – who sold her patent to The Parker Brothers – got a measly $500 and disappeared into obscurity. Ironically, The Landlord’s Game was all about being anti-monopolist. 

The outrage against Ms. Monopoly is just further proof that consumers have wisened up and this kind of performative equality and virtue signalling comes across as incredibly insincere and greedy. 

It also begs the bigger question: what was so toxic and masculine about the original Monopoly? As the age old saying goes, just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.

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‘The Simpsons’ Writer Finally Acknowledges All Those Eerie Predictions

It's like watching 2020 play out in animation.

What’s with The Simpsons and ‘predictions’ of future events? Earlier this year, the internet essentially broke when eagle-eyed fans noticed the beloved TV show had ‘predicted’ the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fast-forward to last week, and it looks like The Simpsons has seen into the future once again. 

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In the same 1993 episode that fans think predicted the pandemic, Springfield residents become so panicked about the virus, they knock over a truck, releasing a hive of “killer bees.” 

The scene is all too familiar considering the US is currently dealing with an outbreak of deadly hornets that are reportedly “capable of piercing through a beekeeper’s suit.” Yikes.

There have been so many eerie Simpsons predictions that former show writer Bill Oakley has finally responded to the media frenzy. 

Responding to a fan tweet pointing out all the ways The Simpsons “really did predict 2020,” Oakley tweeted, “OK, fine I guess we did (predict 2020)”.

It’s a far cry from Oakley’s previous comments about the predictions, calling them a “stretch”.

Speaking about the 1993 episode of The Simpsons that supposedly predicted COVID-19, Oakley said, “I don’t specifically remember which viruses had been in the news in the decade before we wrote it but they were probably a few.”

“The story was assigned to us by the showrunners Mike Reiss and Al Jean and they told us to read ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus, which is what the entire first act is based on,” he explained.

“I would say in general when people say The Simpsons has predicted something it is just that we were satirising real life events from years before and because history keeps repeating it just SEEMS like we were predicting things.”

It sounds like Oakley is finally acknowledging that The Simpsons had a weird knack for predicting the future, but he’s also right about history repeating itself. 

Here’s hoping The Simpsons doesn’t predict anymore life-changing and devastating world events. We could all use a break

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Why Everyone's Gone Bonkers For Baking In Iso, An Investigation

And bananas for banana bread.

You only need to have a quick scroll of your various social media platforms to realise that literally everyone you know has gone absolutely bonkers for baking while we’ve been stuck in iso.

With all this spare time on our hands, folks have been turning their backs on bakery delights and store-bought alternatives and adopting a ‘do it yourself’ mantra in the kitchen. The result? An endless stream of Instagram pics of homemade bread, pasta, cakes, pastries – and most popular, banana bread.

Apparently, banana bread has even become the most Googled recipe in the world. The question is, what’s with this sudden obsession with baking? 

We recently spoke to expert nutritionist Susie Burrell on It’s Been A Big Day For… who spilled the tea on our iso baking habits, and offered her tips on how to make your creations healthy and delicious. LISTEN BELOW:

“It’s a really great time for bakers,” she said. “We know that food we make at home is generally much healthier for us and in the case of banana bread – it’s such an amazing opportunity to make a really wholesome, nourishing snack food.”

As for keeping your banana bread healthy, Burrell suggested using wholemeal flour, milk or Greek yoghurt, and olive oil instead of butter. Pro tip: throw blitzed banana skins into your mix for extra fibre. 

Baking isn’t just good for our tummies and taste buds, it’s also proven to alleviate stress. Clinical psychologist Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill told Delish, “There is a rhythm or pattern to baking. It feels familiar and can even lead to a mindful state.”

Speaking to Delish, Dr. McNaughton-Cassill also explained that many aspects of our lives don’t have a predictable or a “tangible outcome,” and baking or cooking offers a visual accomplishment. “I think this is why there has been such a resurgence of interest in crafts, home remodeling, and cooking,” she said. “We want to feel that we can still do things that impact the environment.”

Flexing your masterchef skills is also great for creativity. “The smell of spices and vanilla are comforting, and [they] often remind us of happy times,” Dr. McNaughton-Cassill says. 

“Olfactory scents are particularly linked to areas of the brain that involve emotions and memory,” she suggested. “Mixing inert substances together, and watching them rise can bring out the mystic, or chemist, in all of us.”

So, there you have it. As well as making our social media feeds look pretty, baking and cooking is great for our brains and bodies – whether you have a tendency to burn the banana bread, or not.

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