Woman Creates Gender-Neutral Deck Of Cards


A young Dutch woman loves playing cards, but while explaining a game to her cousins, she started questioning why a king should be worth more than a queen.Indy Mellink, a 23-year-old forensic psychology grad, decided it was time to stop the centuries-old tradition of bias in playing cards that ranks 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,” Indy explains. “Even subtle inequalities like this do play a big role.”

So with encouragement from her father and a lot of trial and error, Indy designed a genderless deck of cards that swaps the king, queen and jack for gold bars, silver coins and a bronze shield. She started having them made to sell online and within a few months, she’s sold around 15-hundred. Many people she’s tested the cards out on say they’ve never been conscious of sexual inequality in cards before and say they’re all for gender neutrality, although switching may take some getting used to.

Source:New York Post