The makers of Monopoly have come under fire this week, after a University chaplain pointed out that the Oxford-themed edition of the board game was sexist – with a box featuring graduating men, and bikini-clad women.
Sexism isn’t the only issue the Oxford edition faces. It also features an entirely different set of rules.
At the start of each game, the two richest men (only men, mind) are given a privilege token, and their own set of chance cards. Those cards include: ‘Your parents pay your school fees.’ and ‘Go to University. Directly to University. Do not pass exams. Do not worry about a student loan’.
These players also receive an infinite supply of get out of jail free cards, have free rein to grope Barbara’s ‘community chest’, and can pause the game to take a shower any time they land somewhere scummy like Old Kent Road.
Privileged players also avoid the income tax penalties on community chest cards by using a separate bank based in the Cayman Islands.
At least one player will begin the game by inheriting Fleet Street from their father, and all privileged players start with a house already built on a property of their choice.