Would you agree that the Red Pill Movie speaks valid truth?
Why do certain groups have issue with it?
Why are men’s rights so controversial?
Check out my video response below:
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“The Red Pill movie speaks valid truth”. That was my first thought after watching it. The documentary’s title is a nod to The Matrix. One has a choice between a red and blue pill. The red is the bitter pill of truth and enlightenment. The blue is the pill of blissful ignorance that allows you to believe what you want.
US Film maker Cassie Jaye was a long time feminist. Her documentaries have explored women’s rights, sexuality, LGBTI, and reproductive rights. She decided to look into the men’s rights movement in the United States. Down the rabbit hole she went. Audiences worldwide believe that The Red Pill movie speaks valid truth. Unfortunately, the people who need to see it the most probably won’t.
She interviews people on both sides of the argument. Paul Elam (founder of the controversial website A Voice For Men), Warren Farrell (author of The Myth of Male Power), members of Honey Badgers (female men’s rights activists) and various men’s rights activists. She also interviews Katherine Spilla (feminist editor of Ms Magazine) and a rather interesting modern day feminist activist.
The contention of MRA and Jaye is simple but valid. Men’s rights and issues are important. Raising these issues does not necessarily diminish women’s rights and issues. No one in the film diminishes the issues that women face. They just want a focus on the issues that men face too. Elam states that there are victims and perpetrators within both genders. Men need compassion too.
Initially, the desire to silence the film made no sense. The Red Pill and A Voice For Men has been defined by many as “hate speech” . Have they looked into either? Why does the idea of discussing and examining men’s issues bother them so much?
Throughout my own research I made an interesting discovery. The two main groups that have issues with The Red Pill and the examination of men’s rights (especially if the discussions come from white heterosexual men) are third wave feminists and a specific sector of gay men.
There’s a correlation between how the two groups view straight men (especially white straight men). They see them as the ultimate power majority oppressors. They blame them for everything that goes wrong in their zone. Since they are the power majority oppressors they have no right to voice concerns or to have any complaints because they apparently reside in the most privileged realm.
The Red Pill movie speaks valid truth by highlighting the issues and concerns that men face:
- Discrimination within family courts.
- Discrimination and limitations regarding child custody.
- Sentencing disparity between men and women. Men get 60% more prison time for the same than women do.
- The Majority of the homeless are men.
- Majority of suicides are male.
- The majority of high school drop outs are male.
- Only 38% of college student enrollments are male.
- Majority of workplace deaths and accidents are male.
- Men are seen as success objects. Expendable and worthless unless they are financially successful providers and protectors. This creates enormous and unhealthy pressure.
- High levels of male depression and emotional issues.
- Domestic violence. In the US 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 ‘men will be victims of domestic abuse. Male domestic abuse is ignored. There are 2000 domestic violence shelters in the US. Only 1 caters to men.
Erin Pizzey (founder of domestic abuse shelters in the UK) stated “Most domestic violence is consensual. Both are involved but roles change. One plays the victim and one plays the perpetrator. Women can be just as violent as men and just as violent towards their children’”
Other interesting points The Red Pill explored:
- Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram had killed hundreds of boys and men over the years and no one seemed to care. Boko Haram weren’t getting attention. They kidnapped over 100 girls and the world turned their attention to Nigeria.
- “The Bash A Violent Bitch” article that Paul Elam released on A Voice for Men website was condemned as hate speech and incitement of violence. However, it was in response to a feminist Jezebel article entitled “Have You Ever Beat Up Your Boyfriend? We Have”. Many women surveyed had physically assaulted their men. They either saw it as funny or that he had asked for it.
- A 2013 seminar at Toronto University entitled From Misogyny to Misandry to Intersectional Dialogue was destroyed by militant feminists. They illegally pulled the fire alarm. Why are they so scared to have the issues of men discussed?
Jaye has been criticized for not completely exploring the other side of the argument. She certainly does touch on it many times, through people she interviews and her own thoughts. However, the women’s movement is not the centerpiece here. We all know their arguments, we all know their concerns. It is in the mainstream. However the voice of MRA’s is not listened to or acknowledged on the same level.
She’s been criticized for not challenging the ideas of the men’s rights activists. Her approach seems to be less confrontational and more neutral. She rarely challenges people she speaks to; rather she just lets them speak their mind. However you do see her struggling with and doubting ideas. Perhaps she doesn’t challenge the men’s rights activists because she agrees with them.
Australian cinemas refused to screen it due to feminist protests. How weak and pathetic. The moronic and biased panels of the The Project and Weekend Sunrise “interviewed” Jaye. It was embarrassing.
The Project edited the interview in an attempt to make Jaye look stupid.
The interviewers on Weekend Sunrise hadn’t even seen the film, lied about not having access to it and lectured her on what they believed the content was and her view point on the subject.
The Red Pill movie speaks valid truth. It’s not hate speech. It shines light on the unexplored. Men (especially white straight men) are the target flavor of the time. Ignore the backlash. Swallow the red pill and venture down the rabbit hole….