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Frank Cox
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Wonder Woman women-only screenings in Texas spark row

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A cinema chain in Austin, Texas, has caused uproar after scheduling women-only screenings of Wonder Woman.

The big-budget superhero film, which stars Gal Gadot, is set for US release on 2 June.

And on 6 June, the Alamo Drafthouse has reserved two showings for those who identify as female.

"The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate?" organisers said.

A post on the Alamo's website read: "Apologies, gentlemen, but we're 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.

"So lasso your geeky girlfriends together and grab your tickets to this celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created."

Now unimpressed men are lambasting the idea on Facebook, claiming they are being discriminated against.

"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 [sic]," one man wrote.

"Very sorry if you feel excluded," came the reply on the cinema's official account.

"We thought it might be kinda fun ... to celebrate a character who's meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we've offended you."

"Have you ever hosted a men's only showing of any film?" Facebook user Bill Fairbrother enquired.

The cinema chain cheerfully responded: "We've never done showings where you had to be a man to get in, but we *did* show the Entourage movie a few years ago."

When another critic asked if there would be a men-only screening, the cinema posted a link on how to set up a private event, advising, "Go for it!"

But if some men objected, others embraced the move as within the spirit of the film, which is the first superhero outing with a female director - Patty Jenkins - and title character.

"I am a man and fully support this," said one fan.

"This is a great idea and I will see it another time! Wow, that was easier than deciding to feel persecuted!" wrote Geoff Stark.

As the women-only screenings have proved hugely popular, the Alamo now plans to extend the format across the US.

According to Mashable, the Dallas, Austin, and DC branches will donate proceeds from their ticket sales to local women's charities.


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Mike Blakesley
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The men who are protesting deserve to lose their man cards. This clearly belongs in the "Who Gives A Shit" file.

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Martin McCaffery
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They should have a guys only screening of Bridget Jones Diary or some such.

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Brad Miller
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I think it's more of a poke from the guys towards the overall sensitivity to "discrimination" this country seems to suffer from. By that I don't mean legitimate discrimination, I am referring to those people who make a big deal about being discriminated against when there really isn't any discrimination happening.

I foresee an All-Arnold-All-Male set of shows in the future. [Razz]

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Leo Enticknap
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With a prize for whoever shows up in the best "girlie man" costume?

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Martin McCaffery
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quote: Brad Miller
I am referring to those people who make a big deal about being discriminated against when there really isn't any discrimination happening.
Yeah, how come there's never a Daddies' Day Out screening?!? [evil]

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Dennis Benjamin
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Would it be funny if the movie went down?

Just wondering....

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Leo Enticknap
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Good point: if the projector breaks down, or the toilet blocks, or the popcorn popper stops working, would they admit a repair GUY to do the fix, if necessary? And if one of the ladies attending this show succumbs to a heart attack when she discovers what an abysmal movie it is, would a male paramedic be let in to the building to attend to her?

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Bobby Henderson
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Well, there are at least a few women who know their way around a film projector, even a projector running a 70mm print. This forum has at least one or more participants that fall into that category.

As for men protesting this women-only screening of Wonder Woman, I'm with Mike on this. Those men need to have their man cards revoked at least for a few months. Maybe those "men" need to be handed some complimentary ointment to help with the sand in their vaginas.

Hollywood movies are overwhelmingly directed at young men. There is absolutely no argument against this concrete fact. So if a big studio wants to make a comic book movie with a strong female in the lead and give ladies their super hero day for the first time since the Kill Bill movies hit the screen that's all good. And it's all good if Alamo Drafthouse wants to take a chance on a ladies-only screening.

The only real snag on this women-only screening idea: the guys aren't going to be there to pick up the tab for the movie!
[evil] [Razz]

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THE LINK

I got to hand it to the marketing department at Alamo, they are getting a ton of free publicity on this:

Man provokes fury online after insisting he will attend women-only Wonder Woman screening

Stephen Miller provoked outrage by buying a ticket to a women only Wonder Woman screening at a Brooklyn theater
Miller told DailyMail.com he's 'not interested in causing a scene' at the movie
Twitter users were outraged by his clear defiance of the theater's event
One person said Miller can't let women just have this 'ONE THING'
Another said he is an 'ignorant, vile misogynist' trying to be 'egalitarian'

By Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com

Published: 10:08 EDT, 28 May 2017 | Updated: 11:15 EDT, 28 May 2017


Stephen Miller provoked outrage when he tweeted a photo of his ticket to a women only screening of 'Wonder Woman'

A man in Brooklyn provoked outrage on Friday when he tweeted a photo of his ticket receipt to a women only screening of the new 'Wonder Woman' movie.

Stephen Miller, a writer for the conservative site Heat Street, posted to his Twitter Friday morning he would be attending a 'no boys allowed' screening of the new film at the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Brooklyn, New York.

'I have some personal news I'd like to share,' he wrote, with a screenshot of two photos that prove he will be attending the Thursday night showing.

He immediately followed it with a second tweet, clarifying to his followers 'that's my ticket receipt on the right.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4549842/Man-provokes-fury-ticket-women-WW-screening.html#ixzz4iO63gELp
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Frank Cox
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At risk of pushing this into a too-political direction, the fellow does have a point.

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He also pointed out it's perfectly legal to buy a ticket to a specific screening, but it would be illegal to kick him out specifically on the ground of his sex or gender identity.

'They cannot remove me from a public place for my sex or gender. I plan on enjoying the film. Thanks,' he wrote on Saturday.

I read this article the other day about Canadian minor hockey; here is the relevant portion of the article:

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Past human rights decisions have ruled that females have the right to play on male teams if they choose, which is why in Canadian minor hockey is organized into co-ed teams and female-only teams, but there are no boys-only teams.
Somehow that just seems... illogical.

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Scott Norwood
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I got to hand it to the marketing department at Alamo, they are getting a ton of free publicity on this:
This.

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Dave Bird
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Yeah, the people who worry about this stuff (and things like who is cooking their burritos) should all just go live amongst themselves, their own little utopia!

I did chuckle the other day though about a guy who used a ladies room, and when challenged simply said, "I'm identifying as a woman today". Seems the municipality's new by-law was worded such that all bathrooms are now effectively co-ed.

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Mitchell Dvoskin
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> I got to hand it to the marketing department at Alamo, they are getting a ton of free publicity on this

But is it good publicity?

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Martin McCaffery
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There's No Such Thing As Bad Publicity
Source (sorta)

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