You’ve heard of “Ladies’ Night”, but how about “Ladies Only Night” at your local cinema? That’s the novel idea of the Alamo Drafthouse, the vaunted art house cinema in Texas most famous for their stringent rules on etiquette and matching the perfect meal with the perfect movie. With the release of Wonder Woman next week, the Drafthouse had the great idea to have an all-female staffed, all-female attended screening of the first major superheroine film starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins. Sounds like a great opportunity for local geek girls, and some men’s rights wackadoos are kind of losing their proverbial $#!% over it.
A couple of days ago, the Drafthouse flagship theatre announced that they were holding a ladies’ only screening of Wonder Woman. “Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz,” says the Drafthouse website. “And when we say ‘People Who Identify As Women Only’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”
Sounds like fun. You know, if you’re a lady. The idea was so good that other Drafthouse locations in Brooklyn and Washington D.C. picked up on the idea and are holding their own ladies’ only screenings of the film. “We are very excited to present select, women-only Wonder Woman screenings at Alamo Drafthouse,” said Morgan Hendrix, Alamo Drafthouse creative manager, in a statement to The Washington Post. “That providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls only serves to deepen our belief that we’re doing something right.”
Trolls? Oh yes. The idea that women will be able to enjoy Wonder Women without the presence of the male of the species seems to be driving some people crazy, and by “some people” I mean the sort of people that are probably associated with men’s rights associations. “Does this mean Drafthouse will have a men’s only screening of Man of Steel or The Terminator? Hell maybe even Escape From New York or Demolition Man,” asked one silly person. “Alamo Drafthouse, will there be a male only screening for Thor: Ragnarok or a special screening for It that’s only for those who identify as clowns?” asked an even sillier person.
On the flip side, there’s also a somewhat surprising feminist argument that can be made that a women only Wonder Woman screening is offensive. “I’m a feminist and have read a ton of WW comics. I am so pissed at how this film is being treated as a girl film worthy of less than full promotion by the studio, and now gender segregation at Alamo,” said one woman. “It’s an insult to the character who challenged (in more than one title) the exclusion of men on Themyscera. That said, I have tickets to see the movie twice at Alamo. I merely ask you acknowledge that you might be oversimplifying her.”
Whether you’re against the ladies’ only Wonder Woman screenings for men’s rights or feminists reasons, it seems that the negativity has largely backfired.
— Alamo Drafthouse NYC (@AlamoNYC) May 26, 2017
So can we all just relax? Clearly, the idea’s struck a chord, and if you’re male, Wonder Woman is opening on like 3,000 screens so something tells us you won’t have much of a problem finding somewhere to watch it. To the ladies going to the Drafthouse screenings, enjoy with the compliments of understanding male allies. Not the you need our compliments, of course.
Wonder Woman will be in theatres everywhere June 2.