So, the Wonder Woman movie is now out, and it’s getting pretty good reviews. I myself have no opinion on it (haven’t seen it yet, but I’m planning on going tonight), something came out recently in the news that to me seems absolutely idiotic.
So, in case you didn’t click on the article (you had one job), I’ll give you the gist— Texas theater is having “women-only” screenings of the Wonder Woman movie. Before the rant begins, I’d like to point one thing out that really rustles my jimmies.
It’s not even women only… they’re looping in “people who identify as women.” As if this idea wasn’t stupid enough… Do I really have to say it? People who identify as women aren’t women. It takes more than desire to be a woman to actually be a woman. So, already, this is pretty hypocritical of Alamo Drafthouse.
Now back to your regularly-scheduled soapbox. What does this have to do with me, you might ask? Well, think about it— isn’t this discriminatory? In my mind, it echoes segregation, except it’s now about gender instead of race. Telling people they can’t watch this showing because they’re a dude (or at least they identify as one) just seems, well, wrong.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “Why do you care? You don’t live in Texas, and even if you did, you could just go to another showing.” Yes, I could, but roll with me for a second. Imagine, when the new Thor movie comes out, somebody does men-only screenings. Or when Black Panther comes out, somebody does blacks-only screenings. That’s not okay. As a nation, we all agree that segregation and discrimination aren’t cool… unless it’s against white, straight men of course. As a culture controversy about this has been mostly limited to Facebook comments that get slammed for being “bigoted and misogynistic.” This is seen as a win for women. However, if it was women being discriminated against with a men’s-only screening of a blockbuster movie, there would be bedlam and riots in the streets. Feminists are jubilant about this, but if it was women on the side being discriminated against, they’d be indescribably furious.
If something is morally acceptable, it’s acceptable for all people. Not just a certain people group. Morality doesn’t change depending on what people group (women, men, blacks, whites, etc.) we’re talking about. If it’s wrong for a white guy to kill someone, it’s also wrong for a black guy. Segregation and discrimination aren’t okay just because it’s against men and not women. If discrimination is wrong, it wrong for everybody. That’s how morality works.