Thefilm has finally come to theaters, and many women areespecially excited. Thisis the first movie in a decade tostar afemale comic book superhero, played by Gal Gadot,tobe directed by a female director, Patty Jenkins.
So you know what all that butt-kicking girl power means, right? Girls night!
In fact,the Alamo Austin Drafthouse in Texas decided to go big with awomen-only screening of the DC Comics movie, in addition to their regular screenings which are open to the public.
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation.Update: We’ve added a 2nd screening. Tickets are live now.
Their eventpage reads,
Apologies, gentlemen, but were embracing our girl power and saying No Guys Allowed for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. 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.
Guysare upset, claiming that the screening is sexist.
But women and other men are calling out thosewho are against the screening.
The sexism claim might be a true matter of concern except that women cant be sexist.
Merriam-Webster defines sexism as
: prejudice or discrimination based on sex; : discrimination against women
: behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
However, the concept of sexism is even broader than that when it comes to how it plays out in actual society.
Since male privilege breeds entitlement, men can be upset about being merely excluded from a screening in Texas.
Meanwhile, women all over the world are excluded from certain pay gradesandpositions of power and influence. In our current administration, women cant even get invited to political meetings where decisions are being made
Not getting invited to a womens-only film or any other female-centric event doesnt affect the material, day-to-day reality of men, but women are purposefully keptout of the rooms filled with conversations that directly affect their lives and well-being.
We must also consider safety concerns.
Although the women-only screening seems to have been purely for empowerment and fun girl time, lets acknowledge that there are validsafety reasons for why women might prefer to go without the company of men in certain spaces.
Women are subjected to sexual harassment and assault at far higher rates than men. Nine out of every 10 sexual assault victims are women, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
Sixty-fivepercent of all women, in asurvey of 2000, reported that they have experienced street harassment in the forms of touching, being followed or forced into a sexual act, as reported byStopStreetHarassment.org.
In short, society has taught women that the company of men can be rewarding and full of enjoyment, but depending on the day and the man can also be a moment ofdiscomfort.
While men are certainly victims of sexual harassment, they do not experience it at the frequency that women do because the world hasnot beensocialized to systematically objectifymen. Instead, it has reared men with a privilege that gives them the freedom to target women with minor consequences, if any.
Not having access to a screening hardly compares to a lifestyle of having your own body autonomy and personal safety limited.
Because there is no system in place that oppresses men quite so systematically, the concept of women being sexist for wanting their own space for a bit isnt just unrealistic; it also undermines their experience as the routinely oppressed.
So lets get back to the real issue, here:
If we want to talk about sexism and, lets talk about why it took this long at all for a superhero film starring a female heroine to hit theaters at all, when there have been severalremakes of male comic book characters.
If were not discussing , then theres nothing to see here. Move along.