Recently, I was reminiscing about how much I loved the game and how I wish they still made it so I could give it to my younger sisters. But that line of thought led me to remember that the game was actually full of gender stereotypes. A quick online search brought me to this site:
...which made me realize that it was even worse than I remember! Some choice marketing phrases for the product include:
"A Game of Truth or Dare." The dares include:
* Name a boy you'd like to date
* Describe the perfect prom dress
I don't think young boys were encouraged to consider what girls they would date or what they were going to wear to their prom.
Failure to attempt a dare results in the player wearing a Zit Sticker for the rest of the game [...]
Oh my gosh, I forgot about zit stickers.
Successful completion of the dare results in points and ultimately in fortune cards in four categories:
- Career - "An interest and a flair for modeling will lead to cover layouts in five major fashion magazines"
- Marriage - "The boy who is last, alphabetically, on the roll call list at school will become your future husband"
- Children - "The total of odd numbers in your phone number indicates how many children you will have"
- Special Moments - "You will decorate your future home using your school colors"
Decorating your future home? A career in modeling? Your future husband and children? Holy crap!
My favorite childhood game aimed to breed a new generation of housewives, super models and interior decorators. I feel so violated.
*Cross-posted at the Feminist Pulse.