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‘Wonder Woman’ and the War on Female Empowerment

This should be a promising time for women in film.

The entrenched biases facing women in Hollywood are finally on the front burner. And no one dares turn down the heat.

Female stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson are flexing their box office muscle in ways we haven’t seen before. And the number one movie of the summer showcases a kickass superheroine with guts, moral clarity and charisma to spare.

So 'Wonder'-Ful: 'Wonder Woman' Breaks Box Office Record on Opening Weekend

And yet …

The man who simply bought a ticket for an all-female screening of “Wonder Woman” revealed an ugly side to modern female empowerment. Stephen Miller of Heat Street was called every name in the book on Twitter by feminists (male and female) for buying that ticket.

He presumably wanted to make a statement about both equal rights and the folly of such a theatrical stunt. Imagine if a theater featured an all-male screening for the next “Thor” movie?

Miller went high with his approach on Twitter, calmly restating his intentions pre-screening without directly feeding the online trolls. His critics? They went low. How low?

And the hate continued even after he attended the screening and shared his rave review of “Wonder Woman.”

Note: Jordan Hoffman is a professional film critic.

Female Empowerment Fail

That female-only screening wasn’t just a sly marketing bonanza by the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain. The ploy’s unspoken suggestion? Women need a “safe space” in which to watch the movie. Some women couldn’t fully enjoy the film with men, or even just one man, lurking nearby, marinating in their patriarchal privilege.

And that hunch, sadly, seems correct, given this field report from one of the female-only screenings.

One woman said she came [to the screening] to feel a sisterhood. Another said she was there because in her years as a comic book geek, she had only ever watched superhero movies surrounded by guys. Yet another came because she didn’t want to overhear fanboys cracking wise about Gal Gadot’s physique, or, for that matter, that of any other woman onscreen.

You call that empowering?

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One Business Insider scribe suggested Miller’s presence threatened to ruin the movie for her and fellow female movie patrons.

But she persevered.

Girl Power Is A-OK

Now, if a gaggle of girlfriends couldn’t wait to see “Wonder Woman” and planned a girl’s night out around it … great. The notion that some women couldn’t do that without eliminating every single man from the theater (even the ticket taker!) to enjoy the movie is something else.

Feminism is supposed to be about equal opportunity. Women can do the jobs in Hollywood just as well as men, be it headlining blockbusters or directing the latest superhero film.

They just need the chance to prove it.

Yet the phony empowerment surrounding the “Wonder Woman” screenings wasn’t an isolated cultural case. In fact, some of Hollywood’s biggest feminists are far more likely to blame others for their own weaknesses.


Model Chrissy Tiegen blamed President Donald Trump for her need for medication. In fact, she demanded via Twitter the president pick up her drug bill tab via Twitter.

The affliction: “Crippling anxiety” from a shaved down tooth.

Legendary singer and self-described feminist  Barbra Streisand recently blamed her weight gain not on her diet or workout routine. The culprit? President Trump.

Lena Dunham isn’t gaining weight. She’s losing it. She isn’t happy, though, and she knows who to blame. President Trump.

She dropped by “The Howard Stern Show” on SiriusXM and shared the secret to her weight loss.

“Donald Trump became president and I stopped being able to eat food,” she told Stern after he complimented her look. “Everyone’s been asking like, ‘What have you been doing?’ And I’m like, ‘Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight.’”

Comic Iliza Shlesinger began the publicity push for her new Freeform talk show playing the gender card.

“People are going to get offended by virtue of the fact that I woke up this morning,” says the comedian and host of Freeform’s first late-night show.

Far-left comic Samantha Bee rooted for Hillary Clinton last year, hurling every personal barb against Donald Trump in the process. And The LA Times compared Bee’s late night show to “Feminist Church.”

Yet when her own network, TBS, let loose with a mild joke comparing Clinton’s laugh to that of a hyena, Bee threw a fit.

Clinton was strong enough to run for the White House. Twice. Does Bee think Clinton needs protection against a mediocre crack?

From Tinsel Town to the Beltway

Not every subpar feminist role model hails from Hollywood.

Clinton is arguably the most prominent feminist figure in America. And what has the former Secretary of State been doing for the past six-plus months? Blaming everything but climate change for her Nov. 8 defeat at the hands of a reality show star.

Hillary Clinton Blames Everyone Else for Her Election Loss | SUPERcuts! #478

Is it any wonder women are scrambling for an empowering role model?

Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

Last year, the female empowerment fight centered on “Lady” ghostbusters. Young girls couldn’t go on to study science unless four female comedians rebooted the beloved 1984 comedy.

Social media and pop culture magnify voices that don’t always reflect society. Miller said as much while describing his positive screening experience, a far cry from the hate he faced on Twitter. The same may be true for the faux empowerment we’re seeing from Clinton, Dunham and co.

There must be many strong, self-assured women cringing at these antics. For them, “Wonder Woman” offers an alternative.

The box office smash provides a stirring, albeit fictional, tale to inspire women and men alike. Gal Gadot’s Amazon princess isn’t just strong. She’s courageous, smart and loyal. She’s willing to learn on the fly, open her heart at just the right time and fight to the death if the cause is just.

The raw empowerment extends off screen.

Gadot and director Patty Jenkins never played the Gender Card in the runup to the film’s release. They stayed positive, talked up the character’s history and their pride in bringing her to the big screen.

Then … they let the movie speak for itself. Their outstanding film did the rest.

If Wonder Woman were real, here’s betting she’d laugh if someone suggested she watch her own movie in a theater that excluded men.


  1. When did female empowerment become a conservative value?

    I really want to know if this movie is pure poz, or actually worth watching. That is from a significantly more right wing perspective than this site I suppose.

  2. The other day, I saw a Tumblr post by a Black Lives Matter supporter which demanded that all opening weekend showings of the upcoming Black Panther movie should belong only to black people, and whites should stay home. Here I thought superhero movies were supposed to bring us together, but apparently they all need to be segregated. Why not just bring back Jim Crow, as it’s clearly what these SJWs want.

  3. Feminism isn’t about female empowerment. Hasn’t been for years.
    It’s about hate and intolerance.

    I enjoyed WW quite a bit and I didn’t need double X chromosomes to do so.

  4. What we are seeing is Feminists going nuts because they hitched their wagon to the liberal train and found Blacks outranked them, and then gays, and now the sexual fluid who have taken women’s gains to get entry into sports and are now dominating in woman’s categories.

    Real tough time to be a feminist. Luckily they achieved all of their initial goals and now they only want to hate so they are getting plenty of fuel for that new goal.

    1. Don’t forget muslims whose religion demands that women give up all of their rights. And the left is just fine with that.

  5. No wonder most female lead movies are in their own ghetto. You get what you insist on. Luckily Wonder Woman survived the feminist curse. That’s when a movie is declared feminist or female centric, it won’t have much success like Ghostbusters. Star Wars has gone full political correct with two female leads each for Star Wars 7 and Rogue. You don’t even remember their character names.

  6. You know, if President Obama had fired FBI Director Comey after
    the July news conference on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email
    server, Hillary would probably be President today.

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