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PC absurdity: Theater lets women get exclusive view of Wonder Woman despite character being created by a man

PC absurdity: Theater lets women get exclusive view of Wonder Woman despite character being created by a man

Back in the heyday of comic books, the majority of readers in this genre were overwhelmingly boys (males) and it didn’t often matter whether a hero was male or female. And although the majority of women superheroes were often relegated to being sidekicks or second tier players in the storylines, the fact of the matter was the industry was created by men, for men, and the genre followed this business model well into the 1970’s.

Of course things began to change a little in the 1940’s during World War II with the introduction of perhaps the greatest female superhero fantasy would ever create.  And the irony of course was that this character, that of Wonder Woman, was imagined and created by a male cartoonist.

But despite this ‘sexist’ exploit, it didn’t really matter to the growing feminist movement that sprang out of World War II and the ‘Rosie the Riveter’ era, as many in a movement that would explode in the late 1960’s and early 70’s took the character of Wonder Woman as their own.

In the 1970s, however, as liberal feminism fought for women’s rights, Wonder Woman resurfaced as a feminist hero. Ms. Magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem oversaw the July 1972 issue featuring Wonder Woman on the cover (and nominating her for president!). – Big Think

Today the comic book genre is a bit more complex since superheroes make up every color and stripe, and readers (and viewers in television and movies) are more interested in the powers and abilities themselves rather than in the character being a male or female.  And this can be seen in how wildly successful someone like Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) is in the Avengers movies, especially since she doesn’t have any mechanically induced or genetically modified superpowers.  Or in the character of Jean Grey of X-Men fame since she represents quite possibly the most powerful mutant in the pantheon of mutants.

Which brings us to an interesting dichotomy here on the cusp of the first epic solo movie for the Wonder Woman character.  Because not only are women movie viewers wildly interested in seeing a powerful female superhero reign supreme on the silver screen, but so are more men who love the genre of DC and Marvel heroes.  But because of political correctness, and the ongoing cultural move towards diminishing men, and especially while males in American society, a theater in Texas has banned men from an exclusive screening of Wonder Woman before its worldwide debut next Friday, and is segregating viewership to be for women only.

A Texas theatre has drawn accusations of sexism and exclusion after announcing a women-only screening of the new Wonder Woman movie.

“The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate than with an all-female screening?” Texas cinema, the Alamo Drafthouse said.

“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 ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it,” the cinema added. “Everyone working at this screening – venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team – will be female,” said the statement. – Russia Today

When psychologist William Marston created the character of Wonder Woman it was his attempt to legitimize female superheroes as being equal to in scope as their male counterparts which dominated the industry.  And over time Wonder Woman has proven to be an equal even to Superman, who is considered the most powerful being in the DC universe.

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Image courtesy of DC Comics

But the key fundamental here is being equal to, not surpassing or being better than.  And isn’t that what the original feminist movement was supposed to be all about?  Creating an environment of equality, not self-segregation and superiority?

Because if not, then perhaps the backstory of Wonder Woman is emerging too close to reality, where feminists today strive to segregate themselves on the island of Themyscira where no man is ever allowed to go.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist,, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.



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