Is Monopoly a 'sexist' game?

A university chaplain says the Oxford edition of the Monopoly game is sexist.

Tracey Allen, who is a lay chaplain at the University of Suffolk, bought the game over Christmas. Making the comments on Twitter, she said she was disappointed to find it showed men in mortarboards and gowns walking through Oxford's streets, and women in a punt being pushed along by a man.

In calling on the makers to update the game, she accused them of "everyday sexism" and asked, "do women not graduate from Oxford?"

Players of Monopoly have previously complained that artwork in some special editions of the game were outdated. For example, its Star Wars edition in 2015 was criticised for not including Rey, a central female character.

Hasbro are the makers of Monopoly but the Oxford edition is produced in partnership with another games company, Winning Moves, and has been on sale since 2001. A spokesman for Winning Moves told the Times the pictures supplied were randomly selected from an agency but the complaint would be looked at.
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