"The Red Pill" Movie Shines A New Light On The Men's Rights Movement

"The Red Pill" Movie Shines A New Light On The Men's Rights Movement

One feminist's journey into the men's rights movement.
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When you hear "the red pill," what do you think of? For most movie buffs, it's the popular sci-fi film "The Matrix." If you Google it right now, however, you'll find articles to links, trailers and interviews for a new documentary, featuring one feminist's journey into the Men's Rights Movement. Cassie Jaye, the woman behind the film, has experience investigating social movements before, directing award-winning documentaries like “Daddy I Do”, investigating the abstinence-only movement versus comprehensive sex education) and “The Right to Love: An American Family”, following one family’s activism fighting for same-sex marriage rights in California.

At first, she said on Dave Rubin's "Rubin Report", she set out to investigate what she was told was an underground, misogynist hate group, thriving in the darkest corners of the internet. Throughout her journey, however, she encountered something very different. This is the subject of her newly released documentary "The Red Pill."

The title of the film is a reference to the popular subreddit, The Red Pill , one of the most popular outlets of the men's rights movement and its supporters, often referred to as MRAs. The subreddit has over 180,000 subscribers.

The concept of "men's rights" seems strange and unnecessary in a number of modern, social movements. Most feminists would have you think,

Men already have rights. What right's could they possibly need to fight for? Any man fighting for men's rights is clearly a misogynist, pushing back against equality earned by feminists over the last century. It's nothing but a hate group.

As seen in the movie, Jaye interviews feminists along with the MRAs. Most of the feminists she interviews reject the notion that men's rights is a valid social movement. Jaye said on Steven Crowder's weekly show that she thought feminism was just about equality. She said she didn't subscribe to any specific schools of thought, she just believed equality was the central tenant of modern feminism.

While making the film, she said her perception of feminism changed. She said she began to recognize the toxic elements of modern feminism and the growing regressive left.

So, small spoiler alert, Jaye no longer considers herself a feminist. She said on Crowder's show that she thought it was important to remove the label because she no longer agreed with many of the platform positions that make up the modern feminism landscape, such as patriarchy theory.

The film has been met with positive reaction from not only men's rights activists, but also in right-leaning, libertarian and anti-SJW circles. On YouTube, you'll find a growing number of channels dedicated to anti-feminist viewpoints and schools of thought. A large number of men, and more women than progressive media outlets and website would like to acknowledge, are sick and tired of the constant victim and identity politics made mainstream by the media and pop culture.

Jaye's film not only highlights the many issues facing men today, such as domestic abuse and custody rights, but also the absolute backlash it receives from feminists and other leftist social movements.

Criticism of the film has mostly highlighted the documentaries lack of criticism for some of the extreme language coming out of men's rights circles, including the Red Pill subreddit and other MRA websites.

Is the men's rights movement perfect? No. But is feminism? Of course not. See the difference in those supporting the movie and those calling filmmaker Cassie Jaye a misogynist is the role of the victim in both movements. The Red Pill does not attempt to prove men are bigger victims in today's society than women.

Life is not the victim Olympics. People, individuals, can be victims. A woman, or a man, can be the victim of an abusive partner. A woman, or a man, can be the victim of a terrible judge who lets their personal beliefs get in the way of an honest and just ruling. Today, many young boys are faced with unfair standards when applying to colleges and universities, and in some fields, there are far more men working than women.

The Red Pill documentary is just trying to highlight those inequities men face in today's society. Inequities that have just as much right to be acknowledged as any problem woman face at home or in the workplace.

A growing number of tossed the blue pill in favor of the red. As the The Red Pill movie grows in popularity, so will it's following, as well as a new understanding of the modern Men's Rights Movement.

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Let's Talk About The N-Word.

If you're still confused on why this is an issue, this should clear things up.
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A few days ago, I watched a white male call a black female the N-word. He not only called her that, but he also used the word as the caption to his Snapchat. This boy, who attends my university, then continued to post the snap and share this moment of pure racism to all of his friends and followers. That’s a problem.

The N-word is not some slang or trendy language that can be tossed in and out of conversations like “bae” or “lit” or “fleek”. This is a word that has been used derogatorily for centuries to oppress and dehumanize people of African-American descent. People like me.

Q: So why do “people like me” use the word if it’s so derogatory and triggering?

A: Great question. It’s because, when we say it (with an -a ending), to each other, the context is completely different. The word is no longer oppressing. When “people like me” say the N-word, we’re reclaiming a title that was created to make us feel as “different” as we looked and using it in a way that connects us. African-Americans and our ancestors have endured years centuries of racism, bigotry, clutched purses, sideways glances, crossed streets, back of the bus, random drug-tests, stereotypes (the list goes on) to say that word. The word has a sense of camaraderie, not hate, when people like me use it.

Q: But can we use it in a song? “N*** in Paris” is a bop, and I swear I don't even really use the word.

A: It totally is a bop, and you can listen to that song as many times as your heart desires. But just don’t sing that part of the song. It’s not as hard as you think. It’s one word out of an entire song. If you think the beat doesn’t “flow as hard” without it then it might be time to find a new song and check yourself.

Q: But when I use it, I swear I’m not using it in a derogative manner. It’s like saying “What’s good, dude?”, it’s friendly.

A: That’s cool, but did you know that there’s are at least 20 other words that can be used to convey the word “friend”? I’ll even link it.

In today's society, tensions are high, not only with people of color, but with those of other ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexuality, gender orientation and so on. There are people who feel that those who are "triggered" by derogatory statements need to get a thicker skin. Words are just words, and words can't hurt you; but they can. Words, like the N-word, have been taken back by those who have used them to oppress others so that people, like the boy from my university, can't use them.

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There Is An Unspoken Link Between Gun Violence And Men, It's Time We Re-Evaluated Masculinity

Confronting the epidemic of school shootings needs to start with acknowledging toxic masculinity.
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Eighteen. Eighteen is the number of school shootings that have occurred since January 1, 2018. Eighteen in 43 days.

Three. Three is the number of school shootings each week.

438. 438 is the number of innocent human beings, shot in school shootings subsequent to the death of twenty children and six adults in Sandy Hook, Newtown on December 14, 2012.

As these numbers grow larger, numbness saturates our skin, then insidiously seeps into our deep tissue and muscles, including our brains. We detach ourselves from a crisis that is currently quintessential to society as a whole.

Another headline appears on social media, begging for some form of a reaction. These reactions lead to the creation of further polarization and the questioning of the Second Amendment, forbidding us to unite in stopping future massacres executed on children.

“Kids shooting kids.” “Teens killing teens.” “Students murdering students.”

How about, “boys killing kids,” “men killing teens,” “male students murdering students?”

Of the 96 mass shootings committed since 1982, all but two were committed by MEN. In the United States, MEN own guns at triple the rate of women. MEN murdered 1,600 women in 2013 alone. The most commonly used weapon was a gun.

There is an unspoken yet unmistakable link between men and gun violence. It decomposes down to toxic masculinity. Masculinity is arguably the most important entities for a male. It is the concept that defines his self-worth, positions him in his social hierarchy, and controls the way in which he is “sized up" by other males.

Yet, masculinity is the concept that leads directly to the inability to feel, the incapacity to express any emotion at all. Men are taught through the social learning process systematically practiced in each and every institution, that emotions interfere with masculinity and therefore harms male ego and virility.

Emotions, however, are an inevitable and imperative component of human existence. Nevertheless, for men, they are often rejected, suppressed, and avoided. This rejection, suppression, and avoidance is the recipe for gruesome violence perpetrated by aggressive males, that violence that feeds the mouths of too many innocent people…with bullets.

We speak of mental illness and guns. We speak of terrorism and guns. We do not speak of men and guns. In order to eliminate gun violence, it is beyond crucial that we spark a change in the culture of toxic masculinity. This powerful construct is so deeply interwoven into our mainstream American culture of patriarchy and male dominance.

Yet, it is indeed possible to start to change at a local or even individual level. Allow men to begin to feel. Embrace the sentiment. Allow for men to communicate. Allow them to share how they are *hold your breath,* feeling. Because men, like all other living beings, have feelings too.

It is the time that men are capable of immersing themselves in their feelings, without risking their self-esteem.

Aggression and violence are the byproducts of emotional suppression. It is on us to trigger the change rather than perpetuating the current stigma whereby men are prohibited to feel.

Let us alleviate the numbness and detachment from these numbers…numbers that signify the lives deprived of their time on Earth due to gunshots, for these numbers are far too detrimental to accept as “normal.” Let us unite and fix this societal epidemic of gun violence through the celebration of humane feelings, male or female.

Confronting the epidemic of gun violence should not be a fight over the Constitution, but a fight to save humanity. Let us be the catalyst of the modification in masculinity, from aggressive violence to the acceptance of feelings and a manifestation of our humanness.

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