Alamo Drafthouse / Wonder Woman sexism controversy: let’s have a men-only talk
Hey guys, let’s talk about this outrage man to man.
Alamo Drafthouse is having women-only screenings of Wonder Woman. And across the country people of the male persuasion are losing their minds because it’s sexist.
Okay, let’s talk calmly, man to man, for just a second. It doesn’t bother me at all, so I need to understand why you’re upset.
If these screenings bother you, why? What do you think is going to happen in that theater? Do you think it threatens you? If so, why are you threatened? I don’t want to insult you, but … what kind of man feels threatened by women watching a movie without him? Women do things without men millions of times a day already. They go to lunch. My girlfriend is in a women-only book club. There are lots of stores where men could go, but rarely do. Have you ever been in a Bath & Body Works?
I mean, churches have women-only Sunday School classes, right? For that matter, there are probably plenty of times where they go to movies and there are no guys there at all.
More importantly, though, and this is critical: are you outraged by men-only activities and organizations? For instance, up until 2012 Augusta National Golf Club – home of the Masters (which was awesome this year, wasn’t it?) – refused to admit women. I need to know if the decision to allow women, driven by intense media scrutiny, a) pissed you off, or b) made you happy because you thought it was unfair to exclude women?
Are you outraged by the fact that there remain male-exclusive clubs around the country, or do you think people have a right to congregate as they choose (and do you think businesses have a right to operate as they see fit)? If you are bothered by men-only clubs, why have I not heard your outrage like I am this morning?
How about this – there are a number of women’s colleges in the US. Are you outraged by them? If so, why have I not heard you railing against the existence of Wabash College, Hampden-Sydney College and Morehouse College?
What about sororities? American universities are home to dozens of women-only social organizations, like XO, KKΓ, ΔΔΔ, ΑΟΠ and ΑΓΔ.
Are you outraged by the fact that we live in a society where the woman on the wrong end of this sort of thing might be your wife or girlfriend? Your sister? Your mother? What if a man grabbed your daughter by the pussy? No, seriously – I want you to get that picture in your head and hold it there for a moment.
Think back. How often in the past few years have you gotten this worked up over a case of sexism against women?
Bro, do you have a mirror in your house? If so, I’m going to ask you to go stand in front of it and have an honest man to man conversation with yourself. I’d like you to answer this all seriously, with nobody watching or listening. If you can’t be honest with yourself about what you think … then ask yourself what that says about you.
Now, ask yourself one more thing: is Alamo Drafthouse staging a screening for women really the worst thing happening in the world today, or are there perhaps other injustices more worthy of your rage?
Something to consider….