Austin, Texas has recently become the target of a group of men who are unhappy about the idea of women-only showing of Wonder Woman at one of the largest theaters in Austin.
One of these angry men decided to reach out to the city’s mayor, Steve Adler, with his complaints.
Adler handled the whole situation very well. On Thursday, he posted both the man’s sexist letter as well as his response to his website.
The man who wrote the letter, Richard A. Ameduri, took the time to create a lengthy letter explaining his feelings on ths issue and letting the mayor know that he was calling for a “male boycott” of the entire city. He referred to women as a “second-rate gender.”
Part of the Ameduri’s letter read:
“I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret its decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value makeup, 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. Name something invented by a woman!”
Adler decided to write back. He informed Ameduri that women have been serving in combat roles for years. Additionally, he let him know that it’s the theater’s right to hold a women-only screening if they want.
The mayor’s letter read:
“Dear Mr. Ameduri,
I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!
Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.
You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email. I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.
What do you think of the mayor’s response?