Even with zombies, “regular” still means “boy”.

soc_econ.pngI have to admit, I like the game Zombie Farm.  Quite a bit, actually.  It’s got all the good bits of the *Farm Facebook games, but doesn’t require Facebook (iOS only, sorry).  The game mechanics are such that you can min/max as much as you want… but aren’t penalized for not doing so.  That and… well, farming zombiesHow cool is that?

(Answer:  Fun!)

And then I thought they avoided the Plants vs. Zombies sexism problem that the Border House talked about (and I later critiqued a bit).  There’s female zombies.  They have their own special abilities toward game balance.  Okay, cool.  No problems ahead, right?

Yeah, I was idealistic.

In Zombie Farm, your zombies can get special abilities – whether through defeating certain enemies, or “mutations” (I have a zombie with a potato head and celery arms, for example).  It adds a nice little tweak to the game.

And then I saw this special ability:

Chivalry: Girl Zombies are stronger around you.

Ooooookay.  At least it’s making women stronger (despite calling them “girls”).  That’s not too bad.  It could even be a nice twist on chivalry being all about disempowering women.  And then I unlocked the complementary ability…

Grace:  Regular zombies are stronger around you.
Yeah, it’s the embedded sexist idea that “regular” is equivalent to male.   
le sigh.
I figure The PlayForge did not intend sexism here – it’s a product of our nice sexist culture where “normal” defaults to “straight white male”.  And luckily, it just takes the change of a word in the description text (“regular” to “male” or “boy”) to nom some embedded sexism the way zombies nom brains.
So, PlayForge, I’ll be waiting for that update, y’all.  
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