Created to be a role model for women and girls in a genre that famously depicted violence to target a male audience, Wonder Woman has been a role model for more than 75 years and continues to inspire the world’s female population to this day. As Princess Diana of Themyscira makes her DCEU debut, it has made global headlines that the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has chosen to celebrate by hosting a handful of women-only screenings of the new movie. Part of the reason it has drawn so much attention has been the reaction of men who can’t bear the thought of women having one thing for themselves.
Despite the fact that there are only a handful of women-only screenings and that men are more than welcome to watch the film at any other time, some protestors have described these events as crippling for the male population. Evidently, a group of women watching a film without a single man invited is definitely enough to dismantle the patriarchy and topple society as we know it.
Some men went so far as to boycott the Alamo Drafthouse altogether, including Richard A. Ameduri who encouraged men to “cause damage to the city’s image” to make up for the imagined insult in a letter addressed to the office of Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, Texas.
While many might ignore the man’s ramblings and hope they go away, Adler confronted them head on in a letter of his own – and one that was far more graceful and eloquent than anything that has come from the protestors:
“Dear Mr. Ameduri,
I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!
Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.
You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email. I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.