Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1966 Career Girl Game ... No Self-Esteem for YOU!

I recently picked up a game for girls from 1966.  Having grown up in that era, I was left wondering how I ever made it to adulthood with any self-worth!


What Shall I Be? The Exciting Game of Career Girls.  Players learn what it takes to become a teacher, ballerina, nurse, model, actress, and airline stewardess. 

The stereotypes and statements are hilarious and perfectly illustrate the options for young women in the sixties. You could go to Ballet School, Charm School, College, Nursing School, Drama School or Airline Training School.  The game cards tell it like it is without regard for self esteem:  "Your make-up is too sloppy. Bad for Airline Hostess and Model."  "Hair Styling, Good for Airline Hostess, Actress and Model."  "You are strong, good for Ballet Dancer and Nurse".  "You are overweight, Bad for Airline Hostess, Ballet Dancer and Model", "You are clumsy, Bad for Airline Hostess, Ballet Dancer, Model and Nurse". "You Have Patience, Good for Ballet Dancer, Nurse and Teacher".

Does anyone remember any other games that treated us all with such cruelty?

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