We didn’t think it was possible for Princess Culture to permeate society any further, but once it manages to hijack one of THE MOST iconic board games and infiltrate the sanctity of religion under the guise of a faith-based teaching tool, it’s officially ubiquitous and ridiculous. We give you… PrincessOpoly and God’s Little Princess Bible.
While out on a last-minute Christmas shopping run two weeks ago, one of our WYSK staffers spotted both of these products for girls at Tysons Galleria in Virginia. The board game was at a toy store and the storybook Bible was at Barnes & Noble. The sheer absurdity of both made her stop in her power-purchasing tracks.
With its sparkles and frills and unicorns, PrincessOpoly claims to celebrate “strong girls with big personalities, and even bigger dreams”, yet the saccahrine characters on its box top are all drawn in demure postures with coy facial expressions to match.
An almost unrecognizable interpretation of Monopoly, the object of this game is for girls to collect princess friends (instead of purchasing real estate), give those friends a crown (instead of investing in house/hotel construction), and collect extra allowance (instead of rent) each time another player lands on their space. And rather than being sent to the dreaded “Go To Jail” corner, players on the PrincessOpoly board are banished to “Kiss A Frog” kingdom.
Based on game play alone, consider the lessons here: 1) you’ll be a winner if you amass a lot of cute friends and accessorize them with tiaras; 2) you get an allowance by DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to earn it. Isn’t it so much more fun and rewarding to amass property, become a landlady/railroad baroness, “take a chance”, and “get out of jail free”, all while learning the value of money, the art of negotiating, and how to make change for your friend’s fake $10 bill (being the banker is a BLAST… is it not!?!)?
Why can’t girls just play good old fashioned Monopoly? Why do they need a dumbed down, princessified version that diminishes the magic of Monopoly with it’s manufactured “enchantment” and useless pink veil? UGH!
Before anyone tries to answer that question by playing the age-card, as in “Monopoly is too hard for kids of a certain age”… there is a fantastic and engaging junior version of the classic board game that is designed for 5-8 year olds (same audience as PrincessOpoly). It teaches how money is used to pay for things like entertainment (i.e. seeing fireworks), and has cool properties up-for-grabs like a pet store, candy store, and video game arcade. Last but not least… it’s completely frill-free.
That brings us to the frill-full practice of bedazzling young believers. According to the opening line of the God’s Little Princess Bible synopsis, “Girls long to be loved and adored, and give their heart to their hero.” In this book, where jewel encrusted tiaras are the devotional garb of the day, the “hero” is God.
In addition to featuring “Beauty Secrets”, which we all know go hand-in-hand with religion (HUH?!?!), “the characteristics focused on in this Bible storybook will help your little girl blossom into the princess she was created to be.” UGH! Be kind, compassionate, and generous… become a princess?!?! What kind of a message is that?
Using “princess principles” to convey the fundamentals of a spiritual belief system to a young girl is so completely bizarre. Surely there is a better way, a more dignified and pure way to accomplish the same.
Honestly, where do people come up with this stuff? More importantly, why do other people buy it? Girls deserve so much more.