New Deck of Cards Removes Kings, Queens to Promote Equality
By Movieguide® Staff
Jacks, Queens, Kings — a classic deck of cards has a hierarchy for multiple games, with Kings often taking the most points.
When a child asked why Kings were worth more than Queens, her dad created an entirely new deck of cards, called Queengs, where Kings and Queens were equal. The family also swapped out two of the decks Jacks for “princesses” and added in a female joker.
But that wasn’t enough for the woke crowd.
“Well, though we got a lot of great feedback, we also heard from some supporters that our cards were not actually totally equal. I realized that a diversified representation of ethnicities wasn’t there, like it doesn’t exist,” according to the Indiegogo page for Queengs.
The new cards include multiethnic figures.
The hierarchy for games is as follows:
Monarch Cards = King Cards
We called it Monarch, as a Monarch can be male or female.
Duchess or Duke Cards = Queen Cards
We called it Duchess or Duke so we could have both a man and a woman.
Prince or Princess Cards = Jack Cards
Jacks are now Princes and Princesses.
Christia Brown, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Kentucky, says card games like this are important to teach children diversity.
“The world is diverse, and it’s increasingly diverse. Children that are better prepared for that, and can recognize it and feel comfortable with it, are going to be better equipped to navigate the world as it really is,” Brown said.
Brown adds: “We have to help kids have a lens for bias so that they can spot the bias when it’s happening. Otherwise, they can absorb the stereotypes that are out there.”
Movieguide® Founder Dr. Ted Baehr has also studied the stages of cognitive development and notes the importance of teaching children a biblical worldview for media discernment.
As Baehr writes in The Culture-Wise Family:
We all thought as children once, but as you move through stages of cognitive development, it can be hard to remember what it was like to think like a 2-year-old, a 5-year-old or an 8-year-old. Yet, it’s common, as an adult, to look back on teenage years and think how silly you were then.
Our perspectives shape the way we look at and understand a media product. By viewing the media through these various perspectives or filters, we’re better able to comprehend and analyze its message and how the message influences those who have a different perspective.
Our children continue to develop different perspectives of critical viewing that reflect their cognitive levels as they grow and mature. A young child in the imagination stage of cognitive development perceives and extracts a different message from mass media than older children in the concrete stage and even teenagers growing into adulthood.
Try to picture what they’re seeing through their eyes at the various cognitive levels and introduce them to other perspectives appropriate to each child’s cognitive level. You can use these methods of critical viewing with your children to understand how they examine media messages and teach them to dissect the message. This is an opportunity for you and your children to better understand the workings of the mass media of entertainment together.
However, you probably realize, that some children develop cognitively sooner and some later than the norm. Also, it could be said humorously that some adults never developed beyond an immature stage of cognitive development. Also, as the Scarecrow replies to Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ when she asks him how can a scarecrow without brains be able to talk, “Some people with no brains do an awful lot of talking!”
The bottom line is that if you train up a child with a biblical worldview, he or she will learn how to discern for themselves as to what is acceptable media, or even toys, for them to enjoy.