Brooklyn, NY — On October 25 2017, Mark Gilray launched the Kickstarter campaign for Kween Cards, a deck of playing cards that flips the script on sexism in the gaming community and aims to create a more supportive environment for female gamers.
“There are multiple occasions throughout history where women have been crowned with the title of King – so there’s absolutely no excuse for women to be excluded from being shown as the higher-ranking card,” Gilray explained, “The idea that the King always beats the Queen is just one example of systematic sexism that I felt could be changed pretty easily.”
Kween Cards are the first ever deck of feminist playing cards to switch the genders portrayed on the King and Queen cards. This deck is created by Mark Gilray, a feminist and LGBTQ rights advocate who is a supporter of social equality as well as an avid card player.
All the design elements for the cards and boxes are complete and the sample decks look great. The cards will be printed on 310gsm casino quality paper card stock from France. As part of their next steps, the creators have turned to the Kickstarter community for help manufacturing Kween Cards and shipping them to backers everywhere.
By supporting this project, backers can help to create the first ever run of Kween Cards, challenging traditional, outdated views on gender. Join other like-minded people to help raise awareness of what these cards stand for – Equality.
“The imagery used on traditional playing cards show us that something as trivial as a deck of playing cards can reinforce the stigma that women have a lower worth than men. This form of sexism needs to be done away with, and we’re hopeful that Kween Cards will be the necessary game changer to do just that,” said Gilray, “What has really driven me is that one day, in the future, I’m going to sit down with my kids and teach them how to play card games and I don’t want that moment to reinforce the idea that men are worth more than women.”
In exchange for pledging to the project, backers can gain access to a variety of rewards including one deck of Kween Cards for $21 AUD (approximately $16 USD), two decks for $38, and more. Backers can also pledge $45 for an Uncut Collector’s Sheet or $175 for a brick of Kween Cards containing 12 decks.
For more information, please visit the Kickstarter page here or contact the creator below.