The Red Pill is a documentary by Cassie Jaye about men’s rights activism. I learned of The Red Pill through Mike Cernovich, author of Gorilla Mindset and MAGA Mindset who became a producer on the film (in addition to his work on Silenced: Our War on Free Speech), and Milo Yiannopoulos who wrote an article about it’s Kickstarter campaign on Breitbart. For the sake of disclosure, you should know I backed The Red Pill during said campaign, and received a digital copy of the movie in return for my support.
Cassie Jaye almost couldn’t make The Red Pill
I first heard of men’s rights activism several years ago while watching an episode of The Independents on FOX Business channel. The featured guest was Carnell Smith, who is actually a participant in this documentary. From what I remembered, the goal of MRAs was to achieve parity for men in custody and paternity battles in court. I didn’t think much about it after that. It didn’t sound controversial at all. How little I knew…
Fast forward to the immediate aftermath of GamerGate and the pushback against social justice ideologues, and Milo Yiannopoulos starts writing about communities of people like MGTOWs (men going their own way) and MRAs (men’s rights activists). Because of this, I heard of Cassie Jaye, who had difficulty getting funding as a result of The Red Pill‘s “controversial” subject matter. I realized feminists and SJWs somehow saw MRAs as a threat. As the saying goes, “If you cut out a man’s tongue, you only show that you fear what he has to say.”
That is why I backed The Red Pill. If feminists wanted the campaign shut down, I realized Cassie Jaye had a message worth spreading.
Taking The Red Pill on men’s rights activism
Cassie Jaye showed within the first few minutes of the film that men’s rights is much bigger than court proceedings. It’s also about drawing awareness to issues that disproportionately affect men, including homelessness, workplace deaths, and the overall treatment of men as disposable. As Paul Elam, founder of A Voice for Men, states, “If men…have all the power…why can’t they talk about their problems?”
That said, those featured in Cassie Jaye’s film, like Fred Hayward, acknowledge that custody battles are usually the precursor to entering the men’s rights movement.
Unlike Silenced, a bootstrapped production in which the focus was on the guests, Cassie Jaye inserts herself into The Red Pill to a great extent. Much of the film surrounds her journey “into the rabbit hole” as she learns about the men’s rights movement. “Video diaries” are interspersed to show how she progresses as her adherence to feminism is challenged and her knowledge of men’s rights is expanded.
The film provides a counterbalance to the men’s rights activists by including feminists, including notorious activist “Big Red.” Some of their arguments are outright dismissive (e.g. “are they…gendered version of white nationalists?”), while others were worth pondering. For example, several suggested that women are favored in court because of the traditional role of caregiver. So long as traditional roles are in place, that is not likely to change.
Domestic violence is another issue covered. It’s important enough that Cassie Jaye got Erin Pizzey to speak in The Red Pill. Pizzey opened the first domestic violence shelter, and she shares some of the valuable experiences she’s had in doing so.
Karen Straughan aka “girlwriteswhat” of the Honey Badger Brigade makes an appearance, and several statements of hers resonated with me. She drew attention to media reports of Boko Haram. When the group slaughtered schoolboys and let the girls go, no one cared, aside from a few news clippings that mentioned “X Students Killed.” Not boys, but students/villagers/etc. When they came back and captured the girls, that’s when the media firestorm began.
Straughan also addresses the notion that feminism is about equality, in a way I hadn’t considered before. To paraphrase, “Feminism, which means women, is good. Patriarchy, which means men, represents the evil. For a group that places importance on the effect of words, they seem to ignore that here.”
These men and women are doing important work, and few are aware of it. I am grateful that Cassie Jaye was able to shine a light on them.
However, you never want to be in the position these men are in. Let this film be an opportunity to learn from the setbacks of others, and prepare for your future accordingly.
To do so, you can buy The Red Pill on Amazon.