Red Pill, The
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The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?" Cassie Jaye’s journey exploring an alternate perspective on gender equality, power and privilege forces her and others to question their own beliefs.
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It is now men's time to rise above being painted with the brush of being bread-winners, sacrificial soldiers, less capable nurturers and parents, and expected to bear all burdens endlessly while keeping a "stiff upper lip." We women need to let them have their time, too!
I once knew a young man who had a social/developmental disability. He was a sweet, kind and honest soul, but he had never experienced anyone showing romantic interest in him. Suddenly, a girl appeared in his life and he was head over heels and thrilled that she seemed to love him. Before long, she became pregnant. Then, just as quickly as she came, she was gone-back to her lesbian relationship. The two women were overjoyed they would be having a child and immediately took him to court for child support after the baby was born. He was devastated: emotionally, financially and psychologically. There was not a single law to help him-is this not abuse? He went back to living with his aged mother and working his entry level job; faithfully making his payments and hoping he would occasionally be allowed to see his child.
The answer to our problems will come when men, women, races, age groups, religions and cultures become cooperative in elevating all people. Forget trying to "make up" for wrongs of past generations by supporting laws which oppress the people of the present. This is a wonderful film. Thank you, Cassie Jaye. You're the kind of person who looks at an issue with your whole soul, and without fear of finding truth-even if it changes you. The world would be so much better if we all did this; this is the world I hope will exist for my sons and my daughter.
"There is no them...only us." -U2
Boy, was I in for a surprise.
I will say there are zealots well entrenched in the feminist and MRA camps, those who are clearly out to be heard the loudest. Jaye brought the entire spectrum of both movements to interview, and it painted a light how crucial these groups should be working together in promoting gender equality. Unfortunately, with the "crazies" getting the most attention in mass media with MRA, it removes people from the gender equality discussion who can and should be there. And not so we can tell them they're awful for simply having a penis or having an issue that is platformed in MRA.
The documentary is honest, thought provoking, and brought up issues I never heard about, particularly:
- Father's and a man's rights regarding children [custody[ and [unplanned] pregnancy
- The lack of compassion, understanding, and belief for men who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault
I admired Jaye's openness for describing this internal struggle she experienced, this need and desire to bring up issues she did identify with in reaction to conversations she had with MRA members. And truthfully, as every interview indicated just how far the spectrum went with both groups, there were things said I disagreed on both sides and in some cases interviewees lacked facts to support their claims by simply referring to "data" (this startled me when I noticed most of this was being done in the "feminist" camp), or referring to numbers without referencing additional variables (mostly in regards to how many man died in battle in comparison to women, but that may have more to do with keeping women out of the front line more than anything).
By the end of this journey, Jaye says to the camera "I no longer call myself a feminist." Take it for the grain of salt that it is. I highly doubt she's going to the other extreme, but it does point out fundamental flaws in how we discuss gender issues and this wave of feminism. I still refer to myself a feminist, but I can say my understanding has broadened significantly, and I clearly have much to learn about gender equality.
I will provide a trigger warning, however: there is a video of a circumcision being done on an infant toward the end. I was against circumcision before, but the video (gods, the cries) is not something I'll soon forget in a hurry.
Fair warning to anyone watching this film: There is a video of circumcision toward the end. It's only a couple second but it's graphic.