I only realized yesterday that Wonder Woman isn’t coming out until next week. For some reason, I thought it was coming out this weekend and I was all happy that I would have time to see it opening weekend. Not so much. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens this weekend and I have literally no desire to see a drunk, scarfy has-been be even drunker and scarfier than usual. So, I will wait for Wonder Woman. I’m actually getting really excited for it.
I WISH one of the theaters in my town was doing a Ladies’ Night screening of Wonder Woman, but the theaters in my town don’t roll like that. Ladies in Austin, Texas are getting a special treat though: the Alamo Drafthouse has announced that they are doing an all-woman screening, no boys allowed for one showing (a week after the film premieres in theaters). The idea was so popular, and the tickets sold out so quickly, that now the Alamo Drafthouse has already scheduled a second all-ladies screening. So, basically, two different screenings are being devoted to women celebrating what will hopefully be the superheroine movie we’ve been waiting for. It’s a sweet story, right? Who could possibly have anything negative to say about this? Oh, right. Butthurt snowflake men who are so used to having the Entertainment Industrial Complex cater exclusively to them that when ONE SINGLE MOVIE comes out which appeals to women equally, they think it’s “reverse sexism.” That’s the depth of male fragility these days. Women can’t have one night to enjoy arguably the most iconic superheroine in comic-book history, an icon of femininity and woman-power in peace without dudes making it all about them and how UNFAIR it all is. These are just some of the comments left on the Alamo Drafthouse’s social media:
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.
Could you imagine the anger and outrage from the liberal staff of Alamo if Trump held an all male screening at the white house or even if another theatre did an all male screening?!
Imagine the sh-tstorm if there was any male only showing of anything…or a private showing for a specific race or sexual orientation…Nah, it’s SJW approved
I just find it weird that a business built on selling tickets and making a profit would endorse a showing where they are guaranteed to sell less tickets than normal. Leave it to Austin to come up with such a hair brained idea. Expect the fail….
Because nothing says “equality” quite like some good ol fashioned segregation
[Comments via NY Mag]
Hilariously, when I checked the Alamo Drafthouse’s Facebook page, it had been overrun by Feminists on the Internet, all of whom were posting hilarious memes about salty male tears and dude privilege. Well done, ladies. We really can have it all! Just as long as “having it all” doesn’t include affordable healthcare, reasonable maternity leave, equal pay, the presidency of the United States, or a society without a thriving rape culture. At least we can sit back for one moment and drink in the salty bro tears though.
Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.
I see more people complaining about non binary and trans than I do ‘bros’
‘he presidency of the United States’
More women should have voted simple
Actually, it’s not that simple. Read up on implicit bias to learn why things like equal opportunity, equal pay, etc. are never “simple.” Our society is conditioned to believe that all male things are better, so, yeah, a crappy male candidate won over a more qualified female one.
I always wonder who raises idiot crybabies like these.
I don’t get this at all though. There are frequent Ladies Nights in so many cinemas around here. I don’t know if men aren’t allowed in but from what I’ve seen, they don’t want to anyway. If only because these nights are usually advertised in such a pink and girlish way that their masculinity couldn’t take it anyway. So sensitive.
These men wouldn’t be saying sh*t if the film playing was a “girly movie” like Sex in the City, Fifty Shades, or hell, Pride and Pejudice.
They are twisted simply because it a superhero movie that triggers their testosterone and so they think they own it, that plus the fact that these crybabies probably still get their rocks off nightly looking at Wonder Woman comics.
They are little jealous b*tches.
Whit men have been taught they matter most.
Anything that suggests they don’t undoes them.
Men would have been ok with them screening it first, and then women alone. Butthurt they weren’t first that’s all.
If they are this upset over movie theaters having ladie’s night to watch a movie, just wait until they learn that clubs have ladie’s nights, too! Oh, wait. Somehow I think they don’t see the irony in their snowflakeyness.
Privilege is one helluva a drug.
I am reminded of the idiotic [isn’t always?] discussion among some Foxified ladies on FOX. “Can’t men have anything now that is just for them?” Tragically, no one yelled “the presidency” from off stage. Great commentary, Kaiser.
Men could literally go to any other screening at any other theatre or time. I read this was for a domestic violence charity. It’s not liked they’re banned from seeing the movie ever. I read some comments from men on another article, and I feel like I need a vacation from the internet. And men.
I was reading some comments on another site (i09) and one guy was thankfully not a total idiot. He basically said the same as you, that it’s not like men are being banned from seeing the movie EVER, it’s just one or two showings. Also, this special screening is one week after the theatrical release, so what exactly is the big deal?
They claim that ADH will lose money, yet the showing sold out. I thought men were, like, better at math than us feeble-minded vagina havers?
and a second booking. i guess we should be calculating backwards, maybe? lol.
I’m not a fan of gender polarizing marketing. This is a film I would take both my son and daughter to see, they’re equally excited.
And you can still take them both. This is one screening. At one theatre. For charity.
So take them both, no one said you can’t. It’s just one theather, just one or two sessions, what’s the big deal about it?
So what’s stopping you from taking them to one of the 678,364 screenings that will happen that week? This is a gimmick to raise some money for charity. Take them to another screening and if you want to bring this up with your kids use it as an opportunity to teach your son about privilege and also why these screening raising funds for Planned Parenthood and domestic violence charities are so important. Maybe you’ll raise a great man and not one of those bro losers that infect the internet. Good luck.
They could have raise the money otherwise, it gives the movie publicity, but I think this is bad marketing overall for the movie. Can we have a good girl superhero without this childish ‘no boys allowed’ bit? I remember the Ghostbuster movie have little girls dress as Ghostbusters and no boys. Personnally I think this is wrong to divide sexes like that when we could just enjoy the movie together.
You are missing the point, and like someone said above, there are 68,942 other theatres available to watch the movie. Did you enjoy the movie together?
I’m pretty left leaning, but not sure how I feel about gender segregation. If it occurred in a country with repression for women I certainly wouldn’t support it. Of course the context is different here but it does feel kind of regressive, not in alt-right bro victim sense, but just in general. But there are female fitness centers and swim nights, and the goal is participation so it can be a good thing.
I sort of understand where you’re coming from, but it’s two showings. And I guess it would feel regressive that we feel that this should still be a thing? I know that AD is doing this for marketing, and it’s working, but that it turns out these showing sold out quickly says something. As does the overreaction of sad white men to these screenings.
Regressive as in a product that can be enjoyed by both genders is being marketed toward women only. If you ask women who their favorite writers or musicians are, odds are they will list both men and women. But men are more likely to follow and enjoy the work of other men. I just wish sexism still wasn’t a thing, I guess.
Like you said it’s just a couple showings, and the intention is good, and I’m probably overreacting!
I am so excited to see this movie! I need to see a powerful woman running the whole show after the last year we’ve experienced.
This reminds me of the ridiculous commentary after a group of ladies here in Australia tried to launch a women’s only ride share service… you know for things like women feeling safe getting a ride home at night. And instead of men thinking ‘wow how bad are things, that this type of service is still needed?’ We got: ‘this is sexist! Imagine if men did that? Why isn’t there a men’s only one?’
I thought to myself… there is a male ride share – it’s called Uber!
Well it’s taken forever for a standalone female superhero to be made.
Insecure men who are objecting to women only screenings, when there’s much worse going on in the world need to get a bloody life.
I’m going to this screening with some girlfriends and honestly, I am VERY excited! Also, all employees working the event that night will be women. I think the whole thing is a marketing ploy that women have obviously responded to. Besides, the movie will have been out for 5 days at that point- don’t tell me that these guys really wanted to see it that Tuesday at that theatre specifically!
tbh, I found the way Ghostbusters was marketed kind of annoying, in the same way The Spice Girls ‘Girl Power’ (TM) kind of annoyed me.
I have no problem with the all women showing but I’m hoping it doesn’t become a ‘support this movie because women’ campaign.
That said, I will see it, even though I didn’t grow up with WW, I am excited by the trailers.
Gal Gadot is a great choice for Wonder Woman. I love her strong beautiful face. What a great idea for a women’s only screening! We certainly have seen a lot of men only events through the decades, particularly in government where they are running the world and most recently America into the ground. Time for women to rule big time!!!
I hope the Alamo near me does this. I’ll drag my sisters and nieces to it.
It’s in two theaters: Austin and Kansas City. Austin just added a second women’s only showing after the first one sold out. 🙂
I”m surprised my local Alamo Draft House isn’t doing this: come thru, San Francisco! I’ve already got my tickets for opening weekend (with my 9 y.o. son and rad feminist husband) and canNOT wait!
Actually think this might be a good film, would be cool, love Chris Pine’s work. The first POTC used to be my fav chill movie of all time. Good thing I watched it enough times that I don’t need to anymore (cause I’m not going to)
I havent been this excited for a blockbuster in a long time. I wish some theaters in France will do the same.
So it’s a party for women who have been waiting for a female superhero movie forever and these guys are whining because they didn’t get invited. They get invited to ALL the parties. Grow up guys. You lose nothing by missing this party and these women have waited long enough. They deserve it.
Hahahaha, good luck whinging at the Alamo Drafthouse, they have a habit of enforcing their no phone rules and, if you ring up and complain about being ejected for using your phone during a screening, they put it up on Youtube.
I wish few theaters in France will do the similarly. Thanks for share !!!!
This is awesome. Every superhero movie I have seen is filled with guys sneering at ladies for being “fake fans” or general nastiness. I don’t even go to them in theatres anymore because of the way some men act at these films. I wish it was done here so I could enjoy a kickass film without the attitudes.
This is Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, a different sort of theatre than any other. It a fun, funky place that does special things all the time. Nothing about it is “corporate” or “PC” in the least. This week the ladies are getting a treat. Next week it’ll be a different event. I guarantee they didn’t give the cry boys a second thought.
Sorry but I have to strongly disagree with the writer here. I am super excited to see this movie and I am going to go with my wife. I would be extremely disappointment if I wasn’t’ allowed to go because of some silly marketing stunt (which is what this is).
I’m planning on taking my daughter to see Spider-man homecoming in theaters on opening night. What if the theater n my town thought it would be a fun marketing stunt to say “Boys night at the theater for Spider-man!”. I know its only one night, but its not cool. Its not cool just like any boys or girls only club is not cool. Its pointless and its not fair. And don’t tell me you wouldn’t be upset if the opposite happened. Just imagine if the theater had decided that the wonder woman showing would be a “boys only night”. You’d be up in arms. )
I mean I know its not that big of a deal. Its just one showing and one night but your reaction is upsetting to me because its basically: “The boys want to see the movie! HAHA! Those losers can’t see it! Let’s make fun of them!”
And honestly you guys don’t see the hypocrisy here? I know guys whose favorite character comic book character is Wonder woman. I know a girl whose favorite character is the Punisher.
By claiming that Wonder Woman somehow belongs to the girls and that we have to wait our turn to watch her movie you are:
1. Being sexists and projecting your sexism on to us comic book fans who love our favorite imaginary characters regardless of gender
2. Giving sexist men all the ammo they need to claim that the male characters “belong to them”.
One of the many things that make great super hero stories so great is that they are not separated by gender into “Stories for girls” and “Stories for boys”. Go into my local comic book shop on a Wednesday morning (new comic book day) and you will find people of all ages of both genders, going through the stacks. There’s no “girls” and “boys” section in a comic book store. If you asked me to recommend a comic book for girls I would recommend the best ones. If you asked me to recommend a comic for boys, I would recommend the exact same ones for the exact same reasons.
We are all fans and read the same stories and like the same characters. Saying that Wonder Woman belongs to you because she’s a woman is just ridiculous. I get that the theater is pulling a marketing stunt, good for them. It worked. I honestly don’t care about the stunt itself. But reading this post and the comments from the readers, well that’s what gotten me fired up here.
You are allowed to go, five days before this screening in fact! You can take your kids to opening night and the women only viewers have to wait!
I really don’t get this. Cinemas are always having ladies only showings for various movies. They also have senior days, shows for kids with autism, shows for mums with babies but yeah, keep on pretending this is somehow a huge, exclusionary issue that never occurred to you until women were involved. Why don’t you go yell at autistic kids and seniors as well?
Just my two cents Ange. Sorry if my comment offended you. *peace*
This is just one show. You are “allowed” to see the movie. You know, given our history, It’s an awesome gesture by the Draft House. Historically, when women have been excluded from events and institutions (and we’re talking thousands of years of history and STILL GOING ON) it’s because we “aren’t good enough” and need to “be in the support role of men, not actually pursuing our own dreams and goals”. This singular women’s only showing of Wonder Woman is symbolic. And it’s rad.
You really don’t get it. It’s not about women owning the character. It’s about giving women a safe place. Do YOU need a safe place?
There was a bicycle shop that had women-only hours once a week and some guys were kicking up a stink about that, too. Far be it for them to want an opportunity to get their bike repairs without being hit on.
The day that women can feel as safe and secure as men is the day that women won’t need safe places.
@ Jay (the Canadian one) *standing ovation*, nailed it.
Before all these dudes get up in arms about this, why don’t they take a few minutes to think about why the tickets for this screening sold out so quickly. Clearly there are plenty of women who are eager to enjoy a film without male presence, and clearly there is a reason why. They need to mull over that before getting all hysterical about “reverse” sexism. Why would so many women flock to an opportunity to have a space for themselves for a few hours? Possibly because men feel entitled to dominate every damn space, all the time. Their trolling comments on the cinema’s facebook page gives all the insight needed into why women wouldn’t want to be in the same room with them.
Fair enough. While I don’t completely agree with everything you’ve said, I do agree with the gist of it (sexism is real and its a problem) and I completely understand where you’re coming from.
Thanks for sharing your opinions ladies.
I agree with you TPOE.
Talk about a non-issue. You have entire television channels aimed at men and women respectively, so who cares about two screenings done for charity? Amazing how many people will kick up a fuss about anything that knocks on our fundamental social conditioning.
Ladies nights aren’t even really ladies nights. They’re just called that. If you REALLY wanted to go you probably could. I went to a “ladies night” screening of fifty shades and 30% of the audience were men. Gay men in particular hanging with their lady friends. Or boyfriends.
It was just a name for an event, not a big deal.
MRA’s make my blood boil. You wanted your boys club president trump go now, have your fun. Thanks for ruining it you awful human garbage.
My local cinema did a dudes night when the latest Fast and Furious movie came out, with ladies serving special beers and fried snacks in the theatre during the movie.
Did you see the uproar about that? Yeah, me neither.