Masculinity can be so fragile. If you need proof, look no further than Austin, Texas, where grown men are literally threatening to sue the city after a local movie theater announced an all-female screening of Wonder Woman. One man even took the time to write a letter to the city's mayor expressing his outrage that a theater would reserve all of its seats for "the second rate gender." Luckily for us, the mayor is kind of a badass. Austin Mayor Steve Adler wrote a hilarious open letter completely shutting down the sexist outcry.
"In the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people ... whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense," Adler wrote in a letter that he posted to his website and has since been widely circulated on social media.
Adler was responding to a letter sent to his office by a man who really just couldn't handle the fact that a theater would have the audacity to celebrate a film about female empowerment by providing a women-only space to enjoy it. The letter writer threatened to boycott the city and challenged Adler to "name something invented by a woman."
"The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement," the man wrote. "Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes."
I honestly have no words. But apparently, Mayor Adler had plenty. You can read his full response here.
The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin announced in May several all-women screenings of the new Wonder Woman film — complete with an all-women staff — to celebrate the powerful female protagonist's big-screen debut. Screenings will begin this week, and all proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.