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Why “Cards Against Humanity” Doesn’t Belong at Con
By Kat Bindbeutel

Posted on 12/28/15

The main goal of Con is to create an inclusive environment for everyone attending. The goal of
youth congoers, their adult advisors, and the youth and adult leadership alike is to create
intentional community with emphasis on radical hospitality and inclusivity. People are
encouraged to bring games to share with the community during free time, and one of those
games is Cards Against Humanity. The card game is known for being very offensive; the cards
attempt to make terrible moments in history funny, and many of them are racist, sexist, and
generally obscene. There are youth at Cons that are uncomfortable or triggered by the material in
this game; having the game at Con excludes youth that would otherwise love to be socializing
with a group of congoers. Here are some quotes from youth across the region about why Cards
Against Humanity doesn’t belong at Unitarian Universalist youth Cons:

“The potential for Cards Against Humanity to make someone uncomfortable or feel excluded is
reason enough for us to refrain from playing the game. I know of plenty of other excellent
activities that do not bring into our communities the troubling power structures that the game
relies on for humor.”

“I think it violates the part of our covenant about inclusivity because people who are
uncomfortable talking about themes in the game cannot play and are excluded from the
community.”

“The racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic language that CAH uses is not something that
UUs would tolerate people saying to one another in our covenantal community so why should
we tolerate it while playing a game? Even though it’s a game this language can be and is equally
as offensive and triggering as if someone were to say it to people directly.”

As these quotes say, Cards Against Humanity has no place at youth Cons. Con is a safe space;
that safe space is violated when the offensive, triggering material that is in Cards Against
Humanity is present at Con. While it may seem like just a harmless game, it is against our values
as Unitarian Universalists. Cons are also going through a culture change where they are going to
be more inclusive and safe towards everyone, and games like CAH are detrimental to achieving
that. Without the negative influence of CAH, the Con culture change can come sooner, and Con
will remain a safe space for UU youth.