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Playing cards, a card game that originated in the 9th Century could be changed forever after a media sponsored woman came up with a deck without kings, queens and jacks. The new invention is widely published with positive spin and promoted by multi-national Reuters news agency that supplies Western media with a constant stream of news and views that is heavily influenced by Israeli interests.
The creator is confident that the new deck will help fight what she calls inequality. Indy Mellink is already being lauded by the same media that created Greta Thunberg and climate change. If Reuters News Agency says it, is is news and soon afterwards it is the fashionable trend.
OEGSTGEEST, Netherlands (Reuters Dutch Propaganda Outlet) – Indy Mellink, a Dutch card fan, was explaining a game to her cousins last summer when she asked herself: why should a king be worth more than a queen?
The 23-year-old forensic psychology graduate, encouraged by her father, decided it was time to break with the centuries-old tradition of sexual inequality in playing card decks that rank men above women.
“If we have this hierarchy that the king is worth more than the queen then this subtle inequality influences people in their daily life because it’s just another way of saying ‘hey, you’re less important,” she said in an interview. “Even subtle inequalities like this do play a big role.”
Claiming much trial and error, she claims to have designed a genderless deck in which the images of a king, queen and jack were replaced with gold, silver and bronze.
Friends and family ~ so she says snapped up the first 50 decks of GSB (Gold, Silver, Bronze) cards, which have images of gold bars, silver coins and a bronze shield. Mellink had more made and began selling them online with the help of free publicity denied to traditionalists.
Within a few months, she had sent out around 1,500 packs, about €15,000 to Belgium, Germany, France and the United States. Game shops have also shown interest, she said. A marketing plan of this nature is conservatively reckoned to cost in the region of €150,000. A lot of money for a ‘housewife and ordinary woman.’ Mellink does not disclose where she got the small fortune necessary to drive the initiative; journalists are highly unlikely to probe her real purpose.
Mellink has been testing the cards out on players, who said, so she claims, they had never been conscious of sexual inequality in decks before. Switching would take some getting used to.
“It is good that we reflect on gender neutrality,” said Berit van Dobbenburgh, head of the Dutch Bridge Association, while playing with the new cards. It would be complicated to make a formal switch because that would require updating the rules, she said.
The thrust of the media-driven initiative is woven with propaganda and spin: “I wonder if it’s worth it. But gender neutrality, I am all for it! It’s great that someone of this age has noticed this. It’s the new generation.”
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