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“The Red Pill”, A Documentary Directed By Cassie Jaye
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Recently, I discovered a documentary called “The Red Pill” on Hulu. I was searching for something new to watch, when I stumbled upon it. I love a good documentary, and when I read the synopsis, I found I was really interested in the topic. It follows Cassie Jaye, a known Documentarian and feminist, on her 3 month search for more inside information on the Men’s Rights Movement. She talks to multiple Feminists and Men’s rights Leaders, trying to make sense of both sides and why they are so divided.

I am not a “Honey Badger”, or a term for women who are in full support of the MRM. I am not really a feminist (although some tell me differently). If any label, because they are inevitable, from a young age I have always identified with being an Egalitarian, which seems neutral enough. By personal and most basic definition, I am interested in equality for everyone, but equity relatively factors into my beliefs as well. I am an English and Gender Studies Major, so I have a bit of a background in analyzing literature and Documentaries that fall into Gender Studies categories, like gender norms in society, among many other topics.

I am not an expert, but I am educated and aware.

There are multiple things about this film that make it a must see. For one, it has gotten many sparkling reviews, but when it was first set to premiere, the funding mysteriously dried up, as feminist interviewees were infuriated that a “hate group” was given a platform to speak and withdrew their support. Many free speech activists, whether particularly interested in the Men’s Right Movement or not, raised over a hundred thousand dollars to premiere it, and avoided censorship. The viewers are taken with Cassie through a series of interviews and personal videos as she reaches out to these men, and even women, that have sided with the MRM, without excluding her Feminists roots.

One argument presented from the MRM is how men are expendable in the eyes of history. We send men to war, we don’t usually spare their feelings, and they are expected to provide body and soul for their families as the bread winner. I wrote an article a while back called Hegemonic Masculinity: The Root of Inequality which explains my theory more on how gender socialization has impacted society as a whole.

My final critiques: I appreciate the immersion, how Cassie experiences the information with us. I wish that there was more interview varieties, and more male Feminists as well as more moderate Feminists. Whether anyone agrees with the actual content, it is left open-ended so that one may have room for their own thoughts. It’s important to keep an open mind when watching this documentary because it isn’t introducing a correct answer, just showing some arguable “truths”.

Like, things are not always black or white.

Please watch it and let me know; what do you think?

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

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I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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After Everything They Have Gone Through, Syrians Deserve Better

Syrians deserve better than to be attacked by their own government.
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Syria has been embroiled in, and Syrians have been in the midst of, a civil war since 2011. That's nearly eight years of violence, dissonance, and brutality. Hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered by their own government. When the entity that is supposed to protect you attacks and betrays you, what is there to trust?

Syrians. Deserve. Better.

The war started in 2011, after a series of pro-democracy protests and a few teenagers who painted slogans of revolution upon school walls. Little did the world know then that this was the beginning of such atrocity.

This war is not merely a conflict and clashing of ideas. It is not merely about dissent regarding how to run the government or country. It is vile. It is vicious, as I suppose all wars often are.

People are dying. Not just in the typical sense of war and not just military personnel. This war has been permeated by rape and enforced disappearance, by the silencing of dissenting voices. Citizens have been blocked from receiving food, healthcare, and water. The government has dropped barrel-bombs on rebel-held areas, instantly killing thousands. Thousands more have been displaced and forced to seek refuge in other nations, some hostile and some welcoming.

The government has also launched chemical attacks against its own people. Chemical attacks that mutilate and destruct, far less merciful than the cold hand of death.

Syrians deserve better than to be attacked by their own government. In a war, if you attack civilians, people who aren't military personnel, that's a war crime, of which many have been ever-so pertinent in this conflict.

Will the air strikes against the nation launched by the USA, Great Britain and France serve as a deterrent to Syria's chemical attacks?

Hopefully, because Syrians have been through enough brutality.

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