Thursday, 17 August 2017

Women-only ‘Wonder Woman’ screenings were totally great – Mashable


Participants at women-only 'Wonder Woman' screening in Brooklyn, New York
Participants at women-only ‘Wonder Woman’ screening in Brooklyn, New York

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It might have looked different in other parts of the country, but at New York’s Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, the first “Wonder Woman with Wonder Woman” screening had not a naysayer in sight.

When Drafthouse first announced the nationwide screenings for anyone who identifies as a woman, a reliable subsection of the internet was up in arms.

“Their panties were very twisted,” lifelong Wonder Woman fan Anna Davenport told Mashable at the New York screening. She couldn’t suppress a smile.

Davenport was born in 1971 and grew up with Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman — the only female superheroes who were beacons nonetheless.

“If equality was actually a thing, we wouldn’t need to do women-only screenings.”

“They were intelligent and they were strong and they were kick-ass — oh, and they were attractive,” Davenport says. “That was purely secondary. It was somebody for us to look up to, and we could be that too.”

She took the train in from Trenton, N.J. to attend Drafthouse’s women-only screening, arguably the most successful and certainly the biggest incarnation of Wonder Woman since Lynda Carter.

“It’s been a long time coming actually, kinda like why the hell is it taking so long,” Davenport says. “But it tends to roll that way. If you’re not a rich white guy who’s looking to save the world, nobody tends to want to hear you.”

A few bitter men did everything from emailing Drafthouse to swarming its social media to even tracking down contact information of management and sending them direct personal messages. Funnily enough, the only in-person complains at the New York location were from women who wanted to attend one of the screenings but couldn’t, as all of them rapidly sold out. 

“If equality was actually a thing, we wouldn’t need to do women-only screenings,” says Marsha August, who attended the screening with her sister and friend. “And if you’re saying a men’s only screening...um, men already get everything they want. That’s the whole point. So maybe figure out how the world works before you start bitching on the internet.”

“I feel like they shouldn’t be making decisions about our healthcare that don’t involve us, so getting to see a movie without them is a slight perk compared to the fact that they make more money than we do and they have more rights than we do,” says Jessica Plummer, who bought six tickets and then rallied her “lady friends” for the screening.

None of the women present had any time for the ire of male voices on the internet, and neither did the men — a group of male moviegoers present for another screening laughed out loud at the notion that other men were upset about women seeing a movie.

“It’s not like there are no mixed screenings happening,” said Charo Henriquez. “This movie opened last week. If you want to go see the movie there’s nothing impeding you from seeing it — this is just something special.”

So, the 100 million dollar question: Are women-only screenings going to sweep the nation and permanently shut men out of a beloved pastime? No… but they’re a damn good time.

“It was awesome, there were definitely cheers in parts that a co-ed room would not have cheered for,” August explained about the difference of seeing the film just with women. “Like that line where it was like men aren’t really necessary except for procreation. I was like, ‘well, you said it, not me!'”

“For the most part it’s just watching a movie, you don’t know who’s around you,” she added. “But then there are moments where it’s like, ‘Right, this room is full of women, and we all get the joke and we’re all really happy to be here.’”

Wonder Woman is now in theaters for all genders to enjoy.

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