Whether whiskey has gotten a fair shake on the silver screen, as compared to wine and beer, might be best left to movie-obsessed cineastes to quibble over.
That the spirit is often portrayed as something only quaffed via shots, and not via more complex cocktails, cannot be quibbled over. Nor can a film fan argue that it is oftentimes a film's male characters drinking whiskey, while women on screen typically reach for the wine glass.
But whiskey's off-screen profile has been on the rise-and-rise in recent decades, moving from unnamed chaser in a beer back to the deep-toned star of star libations featured above the popular martinis on a menu. Libations, it should be added, which are regularly ordered by women in the real world, despite what popular culture has long told us.
The group has a longer history, though, with roots in New York City in 2011. "We were tired of hearing, 'Whoa, that's a strong drink for a little lady! Sure you can handle it?" writes founder Julia Ritz Toffoli on the Women Who Whiskey web site. That oft-repeated query led to a movement that now boasts thousands of members in cities across the country.
Member events range from dinners complemented by the amber-hued liquid to no-host meet-ups. Picture the sort of get-togethers that encourage wide-ranging conversation topics, from the best Old Fashioned/Sazerac/Julep the participants ever had to matters that range far and wide beyond what's on sombody's spirits shelf back at home.
Joining a chapter is a snap, and the "Gentlemen Join Here" button, which appears alongside the "Ladies Join Here" option, spreads the inclusive, celebratory feeling even wider.
What to do, where to go and what to see
And finding a local event? Check out the LA chapter's Facebook page for all the up-to-date doings.
Will popular culture soon change to reflect reality? That characters can quaff whatever they please on-screen, be they female or male, without their choices being dictated by the mores of the past?
Soon long-gone patterns may languish in the fictional world, while here on this side of the screen Women Who Whiskey members gather down at the local watering hole for a crisply made cocktail and some positive, community-cool connection.