The Red Pill: What Everyone Needs To Know

The Red Pill: What Everyone Needs To Know

Why everyone needs to see The Red Pill
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Recently the documentary The Red Pill was in the spotlight, as Netflix decided not to release it on their platform. This has caused serious outcry and speculation as to how Netflix is running their service. But that's a different discussion. For today, I want to take a look deeper into the documentary and what I personally got out of it.

For anyone who is unaware of this documentary, it's about a filmmaker, Cassie Jaye, taking a look at the Men's Rights Movement. Yes, you read that right, the Men's Rights Movement. If you're thinking "Why is that even a thing?" then this documentary is definitely for you. Cassie Jaye does a phenomenal job showing the challenges that men face while also not crushing the Women's Rights movement. She displays areas that men suffer, more specifically the things that most people do not talk about, and brings them to light.

SPOILER WARNING: From here on out, I'll be making quite a few references to the documentary. This next paragraph is a summary of the documentary.

Cassie begins her journey stating that she is indeed a feminist. She goes into it believing that the whole Men's Rights Movement is a hate group. However, throughout the documentary, we see a change in Cassie and how she sees what they are actually all about. She gives us a glimpse of her internal conflict by sharing a video diary expressing her thoughts and her internal change. In the documentary, she goes over topics such as the following: male suicide rates, male domestic violence and rape victims, child custody and divorce, and many other topics that are usually silenced. Cassie interviews many people from both the Men's Rights Movement, as well as the Women's Rights Movement and shows how both sides believe that they are right and the other is wrong (in some cases). At the end, Cassie leaves the audience with stating that she is no longer a feminist.

Okay, spoilers done!

My feeling about the whole thing is that you need to watch this documentary to have a debate about women's and men's rights. In any argument, you need to have insight into both sides, not just your own. Personally, I feel that the documentary shows everyone what feminism is overall and not just a two-sided debate. In the past, I wrote an article explaining why people are afraid of being labeled a feminist. This point goes back to that article. The definition of feminism is equality of BOTH sexes, not just men or not just women. It has, however, been skewed into this idea that it's only for women. This damages the progression of any rights for anyone and creates a segregated playing field when we all should be working together for fairness. In the documentary, we see how the feminist camp bashes the Men's Rights movement and how the Men's Rights movement has to try and explain why everyone should also be listening to them, rather than holding their hands on their ears or putting the curtains up around their cause.

The problem is now what the word feminism has become. It has become only wanting equal rights for women and that there is nothing wrong with mens rights. This is far from the truth. Men also have many things that are unequal to them, and watching this documentary will show you many of the inequalities that men also face. Actually, just looking at some news articles, you'll be able to see the unfairness. Why is it that a woman sex offender gets less time than a male sex offender, while they did the same exact crime? Why is it okay to make fun of men for being rape victims, but if we make fun of women being rape victims it's completely unacceptable? I'm not saying that inequality for either sex is right, because any decent human being can see that it's wrong, but why in society is it that we see these injustices to both sexes daily? (Hell, even writing this article, The Odyssey doesn't have a Story Category for Men's Rights, only Feminism.)

Overall, The Red Pill is a documentary that everyone should watch and see how equality of both sexes is what we should be striving for, and not just for one or the other.

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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?

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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All Good Things Are Wild And Free, Right?

Free your soul and be happy.
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The word 'free' can allude to many things. My mom always says that nothing is ever free. But what about your soul? Is it free? Does everyone have a free soul? I think that everyone has the potential to have a free soul but whether or not they decide to live that lifestyle is up to them.

Until recently, I never thought of myself as a free spirit, but I am. Although I didn’t begin with a free soul, I evolved into one. Life throws you trials and tribulations and it's meant for you to grow from these obstacles. And I have.

People always question me about my careless attitude. Careless meaning that I don’t care what others think. I never actually answer the question, but here’s the answer: once you figure out that you can’t make everyone happy by the decisions you make and start doing the things that make you happy is when you become free from others.

The phrase “damned if you, damned if you don’t” applies here perfectly. People will find something wrong with you and your life decisions no matter what you decide. There’s no way to make everyone happy, it's just not possible.

I don’t wake up in the mornings to please anyone but myself. To have a free soul you must do the things that make you and you alone happy.

Free souls are happy souls. Finding inner happiness takes time. It takes being at rock bottom to find your own happiness. Being happy within means that you don’t have to rely on anyone to be happy, and that’s how it should be.

When you give other people the privilege of holding the key to your happiness chances are they’ll fail you. Other people can contribute to your overall happiness but always remember who you are and put your happiness first because if you’re not happy with yourself then how do you expect to keep someone else happy?

Do you, boo. It’s so cheesy, I know, but it’s how to keep you and your soul free from others control. Live your life and live it like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t live your days full of worry, regret, and unhappiness. Do the things that are necessary for you to be happy, who cares what other people think. If you’re unhappy and they’re happy, how is this benefitting you? It’s not.

Be selfish. Be selfish with your happiness and your freedom.

You don’t owe anything to anyone. Once you figure out that your own happiness should come first that’s when you begin to be free. And just a hint, the people that you’re trying so hard to please and make happy, don’t care about your happiness. So why should you care about theirs?

If you want to be free, then do you. Do the things that make you happy, stop caring about what others think. Find that inner happiness that is guaranteed every day, because it’s your own.

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