In this day and age, where we’re conscientious and passionate about gender equality, have you ever stopped to wonder why the male monarch still trumps the queen in a pack of cards?
This is something that didn’t sit right with 23-year-old Indy Mellink, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.
The forensic psychology graduate spent a while thinking about how she could make a change, and after a lot of trialling, created a genderless and race-neutral deck of cards, where the king, queen and jack are instead replaced with gold, silver and bronze.
They’re dubbed ‘a modern set of cards, for the modern world’.
She explained: “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.'”
The three new cards show images of gold bars, silver coins and a bronze shield instead of royal portraits.
Since finishing the cards, Indy’s family and friends snapped up 50 decks and she’s now sent around 1,500 packs to countries around the world, including France, the United States, Belgium and Germany.
A number of game shops are also keen to sell the gender-neutral cards.
A post on the GSB Card website further explains: “The idea is to remove gender hierarchy and race differences from our card decks. Why should the King have a higher position than the Queen? Why should the King, Queen and Jack be white?
“However, rather than complicating the sex and race inequality debate even more, we decided to remove the gender and race factor as a whole and to introduce a common, universally known ranking system.
“All the other cards in the deck are the same as usual. This card pack was designed with the passion to fight for equality in gender as well as race. Our goal is for everyone to feel comfortable while playing cards.”