Female-only showings of ‘Wonder Women’ spark debate

Female-only showings around America of the Wonder Woman movie have sold out, despite some criticism around gender discrimination.  
Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman

Cinemas in Brooklyn, New York and Austin, Texas are hosting special screenings of the DC Comic’s film, which is the first female-led superhero movie.

The movie is also the first superhero film to be directed by a woman; Patty Jenkins.

Despite criticisms on social media from mostly men, the showings have continued to sell-out.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, New York, released a statement regarding the screenings:

“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for several special shows at the Alamo Downtown Brooklyn,”

“And when we say ‘women (and people who identify as women) only’, we mean it.

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

The cinema has also promised to donate all proceeds from their women-only screenings to Planned Parenthood, which is currently being targeted to have it’s funding taken away.

Such criticisms of the gender-specific screenings have questioned why there isn’t a male-only screening of the movie too.

One Facebook user wrote on the Alamo’s Facebook page: “Apparently ‘equality’ is only selective nowadays. How about a ‘men’s only’ showing of a movie or is that not how equality works?”

A statement from Alamo Drafthouse, released on Sunday said that the company “recognizes ‘Wonder Woman’ is a film for all audiences, but our special women-only screenings may have created confusion — we want everyone to see this film.”

Actor Don Cheadle has since taken to Twitter to condemn the criticism surrounding the women-only viewings of the movie.

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