Zelophehad’s Daughters

You’re the Queen!

Posted by Kiskilili

When I was little I used to beg my older brother and sister to let me play with them. They had a huge collection of miniature vehicles ranging from Matchbox Model-Ts and race cars to a car-shaped eraser someone got at the dentist (“Putt-Putt”), and they all had names and personalities.

Sometimes they’d let me sit in the family’s vintage green armchair and watch them. “You’re the queen!” they’d assure me. “You get to sit on the throne!”

“But I want to play,” I’d whine.

“You are playing!” they’d insist.  “You’re the queen! You’re the most important person in the whole game!”

Is it petulant, having so graciously been extended a title and regalia, to wonder whether the game even needs a queen?

17 Responses to “You’re the Queen!”

  1. 1.

    Ha–I believe I was one of the guilty parties? :)

    It’s a classic set-up. If you complain, people can object–”but every time I hear queens discussed, it’s with honor and reverence. Why would you even want to be ‘equal’ to those who aren’t on a throne? We value our queens; without them, men couldn’t accomplish their important work.”

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    Also, it’s a way to exclude people by honoring them.

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    I always think of experiences like this one as “life object lessons.” Your accounting of this one seems appropriately timely.

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    Queens are incredible!

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    I totally don’t see a problem here. Surely such a queen presides over the game, placing both queenship and presidering on the same noble plane.

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    I never played that game. We played cowboys and horses. My sister and best friend always wanted to be horses and I didn’t think it was fun to pretend to be an animal. I wanted to be a cowboy. Sometimes I lost the argument and then I went home. I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough to be a horse.

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    Really? We used to play “bucking bronco” (with bruises and tears).

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    I don’t know why you’re complaining. I’ve always been perfectly happy to be the Queen–do you know of any other childhood games in this world that honor little girls so much? Plus, in your honored role, you were spared from having to ever get scratches on your fingers, or bumps on your knees. I sometimes see the injuries non-Queens get from playing, and I am so grateful that the Game Designer had the foresight to spare me that difficult burden.

    I just think you probably aren’t suited to play. You’re suited to be a Queen! Why are you complaining?

  9. 9.

    (As an aside, does this mean that we now know Ziff was a total jerk as a kid?)

  10. 10.

    Actually, in general Ziff was the most nurturing sibling I had. From a young age I was predisposed to run afoul of the church’s claims that men are brutes and women are sweet.

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    Ha! I had totally forgotten this. Great object lesson, Kiskilili! Sorry to have contributed to it. :)

  12. 12.

    Along the lines of #10, I don’t think my sweet feminine nature prevented me from acting like a tyrant.

  13. 13.

    sweet feminine nature fail.

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    Being a Queen is a terrible job, but somebody has to do it.

  17. 17.

    If both queen and presider,
    Who presides over who?
    And who is she a queen unto?
    Surely such a kingdom shall fall.

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