The Red Pill
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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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This isn't a movie about sides. This is a movie about humanity. It's about working together toward a better tomorrow.
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.
However, being a victim of two women who tricked me into having children, and being on the hook for a quarter million in child support over my life with minimal custody, there is no doubt that the legal system currently discriminates against men and rewards reproductive fraud by women.
I thought Cassie should have called out lies and spin on both sides with statistics, and delved into the white supremacist ties of the leaders. The rape culture so roundly critized in the beginning was also ignored. But none of that takes away from the message of a double standard in the mainstream media and public institutions to codify certain types of discrimination against males. The fact that the Western media ignored boys being burned alive by Boko Haram but covered kidnapping of girls was just one of many biases exposed in The Red Pill.
Don't believe everything you read and see, but do see this documentary for a valuable point of view. Discrimination is real, let us be mature enough to engage without name calling and work towards true equality for all sides.