Female only screenings of Wonder Woman sparks outrage
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A cinema chain in Austin, Texas is holding women-only screenings of Wonder Woman, and guess what? Men are offended.
"The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate?” the Alamo Drafthouse advertised.
They were clear in their message that anyone identifying as a woman may attend, and that all staff on hand would also be female, from projectionists to the culinary team.
Comments on Facebook have on the whole been supportive, but of course some men out there feel that they’re somehow being victimised in this situation.
“Have you ever hosted a men's only showing of any film?” asked one commenter, whilst another went a step further:
“Great, let us know when you have guys-only screenings of Thor, Spider-Man, Star Wars, etc. Let's see you walk the walk now that you set this precedence”.
The Alamo Drafthouse page was quick to respond “Very sorry if you feel excluded. We thought it might be kinda fun -- for one screening -- to celebrate a character who's meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we've offended you.”
It’s no secret that ‘geeky’ spaces have often been historically unwelcoming to female fans, and the fact that the first ever superhero film with a female lead is only being released in 2017 would be laughable if it wasn’t so frustrating. Especially since studios continue to fund infinite Batman and Spiderman reboots.
Fans of Wonder Woman have noted the comparatively small scale of the marketing strategy for this film, worried that Warner Bros is under-marketing it intentionally, in order to cover their own back in case it’s a huge flop. This self-fulfilling prophecy may have damaged Wonder Woman’s chances before it’s even been released.
Are these female-only screenings are a great chance for female fans to enjoy and celebrate this iconic female character finally getting the attention she deserves? Sure. But more than that, it’s a (to some, controversial) gimmick. And hey, it worked! We’re talking about it!
The men getting angry about these screenings are ignorant to how groundbreaking a milestone it is for women to finally be represented on the big screen in this way. I guess it’s just hard for them to deal with situations that don’t revolve around and cater to them specifically.
There are plenty of people out there, of all genders, whether they’re huge superhero fans or not, who will go and see the film, and hopefully love it. A few female-only screenings won’t stop them from doing that — they simply give the option to those women who do want to celebrate the film in their own way.
Wonder Woman is due to be released on June 1st.