“What if there were a men-only screening!??!??!?” Stop.
When we achieve perfect societal gender equality (read: possibly never), we can revisit this topic, in the extremely unlikely event that we are not all long dead by then. Until such time, please hold your brilliant argument that we’ve clearly never heard or considered before, because if we had, we would obviously have realized its unimpeachable logic—that is definitely not uselessly reductive—long ago and admitted the error of our ways. Rest assured that it’s not the exact kind of garbage one might hope to avoid at a women-only event, because it permeates the rest of society, and women would like, on just some occasions, to not have to deal with your shit.
OK! Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about a nice thing (random jerks aside)! Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas is having a women-only screening of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, and some men on the Internet are upset, as they tend to be. Here’s how Alamo’s website bills the event: “The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate than with an all-female screening?
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say “Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,” we mean it. Everyone working at this screening—venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team—will be female.”
Somehow, this innocuous event all about letting women celebrate an icon in peace became about (surprise!) offended men on Alamo Drafthouse Austin’s Facebook page. As you might expect from an organization that would put together such an event in the first place, their responses are predictably great. Here’s a sampling of what you can find on the thread (where there are also plenty of excited people whose only complaint is that tickets sold out too fast, to brighten your spirits):
And, of course, someone had to bring up the tired concern trolling over a loss of ticket sales. Nah:
It’s worth noting that, until the addition of the second screening due to high demand (which appears to already be sold out as well), this was just one screening in one time slot at the theater, which will have plenty of showings for anyone and everyone who’d like to attend. Better luck next time, trolls.
(via Flavorwire, image: Warner Bros., FB screenshots our own)
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