I’ve been so intrigued by the news surrounding the “Wonder Woman” screening that has angered loads of grown ass men. When this theater in Austin announced that they’re holding a women’s only night of the film, it sold out so insanely fast, I know if I lived nearby I would have snatched up a ticket within the hour as well. But some men don’t seem so excited about this. They claim beautiful chestnuts such as: "Boy oh boy, turn it around and ban a woman from seeing a movie…All hell would break loose! Women would be out picketing…Alamo Drafthouse, epic fail.” Gotta love Alamo Drafthouse’s responses though:
But yes, if there was to be a screening only for men nowadays, that wouldn’t be so chill for us. All hell would in face break loose and we would be claiming it to be sexist as well. I understand that argument men are raising, and it's valid (to some extent). Feminism is all about equality, not separating the sexes.
If the roles were reversed though, and I mean truly reversed: Like say we've had 45 female presidents for the past 240 plus years and the first man to run for president just lost last year. Like since 1920, there have been about 130 superhero and comic book films with solo protagonists in the United States and eight have been male. Like there's no such thing as feminism but there's masculinism. Like men get make 45% - 84% to what women make in the work force. Like 9 to 5 was about three men dealing with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. I mean, I guess Horrible Bosses kind of did that, now that I think about it. But, anyway, you get the point. If the tables were really turned and news of an all male screening surfaced, would women be upset? Yes, because in this made up world I'm imagining, men have to live by our rules. You can't forget about us, or ignore us, or empower yourselves because that's just silly. Which is exactly what these men are preaching.This Rolling Stone article said it best:
After all, feminism and female empowerment are only acceptable according to men's terms. Wonder Woman's presence among the DC superheroes (like Superman, Batman and The Flash) is accepted because her strength is a fetish. So long as she is confined to sexual fantasies, men welcome the novelty of a woman who beats men at their game. She becomes less desirable when she resists a conventional male gaze, or when she becomes a model for other women to emulate. And she becomes a bonafide problem when she is rendered inaccessible, even for a night.
Do I think feminism has to do a better job of reaching across the aisle and include more people that don't identify as women in the movement? Yes. Definitely. We need to be more inclusive and not perpetuate the stereotype that we're man-hatting, don't shave our armpits, burn our bras, feminists. But, for Oprah's sake, we deserve one night to celebrate ourselves and watch Wonder Woman kick some ass. If not for the history we've gone through, we deserve to celebrate what she's gone through and what she represents to us as The Last Amazon.
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