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Banned Board Games: What Shall I Be?

Banned Board Games: Episode Three – What Shall I Be?

In this installment of Banned Board Games, we look at a game that was, on reflection, very poorly thought through. The sixties’ career game What Shall I Be? aimed to be empowering to young women, but when looked upon in detail turned out to be incredibly patronizing and undeniably sexist. Especially when compared to Selchow & Righter’s boys version of the same game. These days What Shall I Be? is a great symbol of how far we’ve come in gender equality since its release in 1966, but also an important reminder of how things used to be and how far we still have to go. All will be made clear in the above episode of Banned Board Games!

Early twenties journalist, based in both Helsinki, Finland and London, Britain. I'm mostly interested in RPGs, including Fantasy and Horror, but also write topical pieces on gaming culture. I live with my partner and our four year old Australian Kelpie, Vernon.

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