The Red Pill – the movie feminists don’t want you to watch

Elena Rider November 23, 2016 19
The Red Pill – the movie feminists don’t want you to watch

Disclosure: This is not an unbiased review. The maker of this documentary describes how she went on a journey – the process of ‘swallowing the red pill’. This expression refers to a scene from The Matrix where Keanu Reeves is offered a red pill that will open his eyes to the true reality that surrounds him, and is often used by members of the Men’s Rights movement to explain what it feels like to start looking at gender issues from a male perspective and without a feminist lens. I write this review from the point of view of someone who has also had this experience.

The story of The Red Pill begins back in 2013, when feminist documentary maker Cassie Jaye decided to look into the men’s rights movement (MRM), after having previously made films dealing with women’s rights issues such as reproductive rights. She thought this would be a Louis Theroux style film-them-talking-and-show-everyone-what-idiots-they-are affair. She was wrong.

12. Cassie Jaye wall of Notes

Cassie Jaye did her homework. She may have been biased to start with – partly because when people start trying to figure out the MRM a lot of what they initially uncover has been put there by feminists who have worked very hard to make sure you feel too sick to scratch any deeper. But unlike the journalists who only put a few days or weeks into their research, Jaye invested years. One thing I can categorically say as someone who is familiar with the communities she was investigating is that she has taken the time to figure out who the main personalities are, and to understand their messages. Perhaps most importantly she does not make the mistake of conflating all aspects of online opposition to feminism with men’s rights activism. So she’s well ahead of the BBC there.

9. Cassie Jaye Video Diary

The film includes video diaries made by Jaye throughout the process. This was not her original intention, but part of the way through the filming she realised that this is where the real story lay. She was listening to the men and women of the MRM on subjects such as domestic violence, custody, workplace deaths, male genital mutilation and realising that they have a point.

When these individuals pointed out the ways in which feminist theory and activism misunderstands and misrepresents the problems faced by both sexes and in many ways makes the situation worse, she was shaken, in tears even. She felt her feminist side objecting – there was a part of her that did not want to believe. So she decided to interview some prominent feminists on men’s issues in order to provide some balance – it’s left for both Jaye and and the audience to make a choice about who they think makes the most sense.

It’s also important to remember that there’s another story here. One that’s not told in the film but would make for a fascinating documentary in itself. The story of what happened to Cassie Jaye after the filming was completed. Once it became clear that she was going to give the MRM a fair hearing, something mysterious happened. All her funding dried up. Suddenly the interest was gone – and of course while there were plenty of places to apply for funding for female focused projects there was diddly-squat out there to help her make films about men.

What she hadn’t quite realised is just how far the feminist establishment will go to preserve their stranglehold on the narrative – as I’ve blogged about before female documentary makers have had to cancel their projects and waste years of work because they were intending to present a balanced view of these issues and give the MRM a fair hearing.

According to Jaye any help from feminist quarters would have meant surrendering full editorial control, which would have resulted in a propaganda piece; ‘I won’t be getting support from feminists. They want a hit piece and I won’t do that’. She decided to run a Kickstarter campaign, and with a few useful plugs from people like Milo Yiannopoulos it funded in no time.

Cue utter outrage from many members of the feminist community accusing Jaye of making MRA funded propaganda… despite the fact that Kickstarter backers have zero creative control – and funnily enough there was no mention of how feminist funding would have similarly rendered the Jaye incapable of balance and logic. They really came after her with false allegations and all sorts of dirty tricks:

This campaigning has not stopped. Since the film started screening in various cities there have been campaigns to have it pulled from cinemas, with at least one success. Having watched the film it is clear to me that those who set up petitions such as this had no idea about the film’s actual content and made statements about the movie that were entirely false. Reviews in mainstream publications have been similarly agenda driven.

The consternation among feminists circles is understandable. It is hard to imagine a filmmaker from whose lips this movie’s message could be more undermining of the feminist narrative: She is a millennial woman who works in the arts and comes across as highly talented, kind and genuine. Cassie Jaye started the process a perfect feminist, and her previous projects demonstrate there was nothing false about her wish to highlight important issues. Many viewers will be forced to confront the fact that the people of the MRM don’t hate women. That’s why many feminist campaigners are trying desperately to silence the message of a young female filmmaker because her voice isn’t saying the right things.

Cassie Jaye’s is an exercise that has shown exactly where the priorities of the interested parties lie, and for that reason alone (as well as many others) it is worth watching.

The Red Pill will be screening in Cambridge on December 3 and London on December 8.

The film will be available on VOD and DVD worldwide in early 2017.

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  • Fred Neecher

    I have seen The Red Pill twice now, and it is a superb and deeply moving film, well worth watching for its cinematic quality alone. It succeeds in covering a very wide range of issues without once losing its edge, and Cassie Jaye’s attention to thoroughness and detail is exemplary, as is her honesty. These two hours of film are worth two years of life experience.

  • “Perhaps most importantly she does not make the mistake of conflating all
    aspects of online opposition to feminism with men’s rights activism. So
    she’s well ahead of the BBC there.”

    Oh My – Aint That The Truth. The Biased Broadcasting Corp, is not just blindly biased over gender, but also race, sexuality and Über biased when it comes to age, disability and any other minority status. Maybe by 2030 the BBC will be institutionally capable of addressing it’s internal biases… if its funding lasts that long.

  • Groan

    As you say probably the most significant thing about the movie/documentary is the concerted campaigns to stop and then silence it. I have not seen the movie itself but have been impressed with the reflective humanity of Cassie Jaye in interviews and pieces on youtube. I’m sure it reflects her aim of representing the range of views and approaches she found. Not afraid of using her personal story, in one moving video she talked about how making the movie had changed her relationship with her partner; as she became less “angry” and related to him as another person rather than a “category”. Frankly if this movie helps something more like dialogue rather than protests it will have been a huge success. One of the notable features I see in what might be called the “mens rights movement” is the number of women prominent in it. From Erin Pizzey (she who opened the very first Refuge for battered women) to Dr. Janice Fiamengo to “Girl Writes What” one could investigate the issues listening only to women, not one “angry white man” in sight. If feminism really is about “listening to women’s voices” how come some women get such treatment from feminists?

    • Bora Bosna

      “Some women” have ALWAYS been getting “such treatment” from feminists.

      That was the case with the first wave. First wave feminists were against black women’s rights:
      https://www.amazon.com/White-Womens-Rights-Origins-Feminism/dp/0195124669/

      Then there were a LOT of anti-feminist and anti-suffragette women. Suffragettes gave them “such treatment” over a hundred years ago. Suffragettes assaulted them, booby trapped their mailboxes, sent them corrosives in the mail, bombed buildings and detonated explosives near them.

      Then in the Second Wave, there were women like Phyllis Schlafly and her conservative women, who successfully shut down the feminist project Equal Rights Amendment. Feminists have ALWAYS hated Schlafly and her ilk. Even today, it continues with their treatment of Suzanne Venker, Schlafly’s niece, where Venker has been banned or boycotted from speaking at universities.

      Moreover there were dissident women like Esther Vilar who wrote “The Manipulated Man”, only to receive multiple death threats from feminists, and of course, Erin Pizzey, who founded the first women’s shelter in the world in 1971 in the UK, who also received death threats from feminists who shot her dog dead and sent her house bomb threats, had to flee to Canada.

      It continues to this day, with the treatment of (feminist!) women like Christina Hoff Sommers, Camille Paglia, Wendy McElroy, Cathy Young, and the recently deceased Karen DeCrow.

      NOTHING NEW.

      • Oh Hush Hush – Ill Informed (i.e. most of them) Feminists will demand you are involved in Criminal Libel for espousing historic reality and not “The Meme”.

        I do recommend Anthony Synnott (2009), “Re-thinking Men, Heroes, Villains and Victims” for his deconstruction of the thinking that has come to be accepted as correct and universal feminism. His destruction of the mythology of American Woman as Slave Class, which is the basis of Fredanian-Firestone Feminism and Mysticism, is well worth the read.

        You missed a few other ladies (Academics) who have been or are in the process of being savaged by rabid feminist ignoramuses…. never forget that the college based feminist are the living proof of a quip by Kurt Lewin who observed, “There is nothing so practical as a good theory”. Academic feminism has wasted no time in turning from theory and reality to their own brand of Mysticism and mass indoctrination in ways and with means they supposedly despise.

        • disqus_QL05BqU79X

          Isaac, is there a way to read the Synnott tome without spending almost £100 via Amazon?

          • Yes, but I fear the air fare to get to my house would exceed any savings. P^)

            It seems that earlier this year i bought the last $30 copy on the planet from ”

            Book-Emporium” on amazon.

          • disqus_QL05BqU79X

            For all you know, I might live on the street behind yours 😉

          • I think I would have noted the dulcet tones of your rattling bones .

          • Bonedagger

            Arf! You know my problem? Unlike the connections described in the song, my headbone is connected to my arsebone.

      • Shrek6

        Bora, they are just another filthy evil ideologically driven religion of which there are many and they only care about money and power. I am not a hater of religion, because I am part of one. But I am a hater of THIS religion!

        Those feminist women you mentioned, although they are putting out a moderating message, they are still part of the cancerous tumor.

        There is nothing good about any of them. They all hold firm to the patriarchy theory and they all still reminisce for the days of full male slavery. Gynocentric chivalry. That is all they care about.

        To me, they are as toxic as the worst kind of feminist. In fact, I find these gutless cowards that you listed, to be a much more repugnant type of feminist, because they are sitting on the fence spruiking crap. Trying to keep a toe in each camp.

        We are at war. And in a war anyone who sits on the fence is a traitor and a coward. They should never have their names spoken or even talked about, because all it does is give them oxygen.

        It’s time to shut the door on anyone who doesn’t have the ovaries or balls to take a stand on one side of the fence or the other!

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  • Mike Buchanan

    Elena, excellent review – thanks! I’ll link to it now.

    Mike Buchanan

    JUSTICE FOR MEN & BOYS
    (and the women who love them)

    http://j4mb.org.uk

  • Mark

    “The movie feminists don’t want you to watch”. When I see words like that I normally think, “yeah right, exaggeration city!” but in this case those words are absolutely true.

    As you mentioned in your article, “Since the film started screening in various cities there have been campaigns to have it pulled from cinemas, with at least one success.”

    As per your link to that success – https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/oct/26/the-red-pill-melbourne-cinema-drops-mens-rights-film-after-feminist-backlash – feminists created that highly distorted petition you referenced.

    And lies won out over the truth – at least in the short term.

    The story had a happy ending. Another venue showed it to an even larger audience. A young Australian lady gave it a fascinating 7 minute video review, it’s really worth watching.

    Thanks Elena for giving The Red Pill a fair go.

    • The story had a happy ending. Another venue showed it to an even larger audience. A young Australian lady gave it a fascinating 7 minute video review, it’s really worth watching.

      It was a happy ending up to a point.

      Men’s Rights Melbourne had to raise thousands of dollars extra for the new venue and now the Sydney screening is in jeopardy too as the University of Western Sydney can’t seem to decide whether it should proceed or not, with the scheduled screening only days away (December 3).

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