The Red Pill

The Red Pill

Streaming Video - 2017
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When a feminist filmmaker sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men's Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs.
Publisher: [United States] : Gravitas Ventures, 2017.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 118 min.)) :,sd., col.
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VaughanPLMichael Mar 07, 2019

So The Red Pill. Let’s talk briefly about this film.

I came into this film when I saw it on a ‘Woman’s Month’ display and thought it would be a really great documentary. As a man, I would love to see a woman feminist explore the men’s rights movement. How would she handle some of the issues being presented? How would being a woman impact some of the topics being presented. How would she choose to present their side of the story?

First, things that I did enjoy: It did address a number of issues men face at a higher rate. Topics such as suicides, job fatalities, jail sentencing, issues within the family court, and their side of domestic abuse. As a man, it was good to see some of these issues brought up. I can see why men have enjoyed this film in their ability to go “Yeah! That’s right! What about us?”

I also liked that, from the narrative structure of the film, the filmmaker of Cassie Jay approaches the topic with an open mind and treats it with respect.

But this leads me to the main issues I have with this film. It is painfully obvious by the end of the film that it’s a propaganda piece from the Men’s Rights Activists (or MRA). As with many (if not all) documentary films, there is an agenda and a point of view that the filmmaker is trying to get across. A good documentary will acknowledge and discuss this, and the biases the filmmaker brings to the table. A bad documentary won’t acknowledge it at all. And a dangerous one will structure the narrative to make it appear as though a bias at the beginning has been changed by the end.

To expand on this issue, film insists that our protagonist, Cassie, starts off as an open minded feminist, and ending in another frame of mind. We see through ‘film journals’ of Cassie her thought process and reactions to what has been presented. As much as I want to believe this journey was not fabricated to fit the narrative journey that’s hoped for, I’m also very aware of the Kickstarter Backers (or financers) of the film (all of whom are male).

I take a very large issue with the final line of this movie **Spoilers** being Cassie saying she no longer considers herself a feminist. This completely blindsided me and confused me to a stupor. Any feminist would watch the MRA issues as they’re presented in the film and agree, as feminists, that this is unacceptable. Men are shipped off to war at a greater number than women. Open the army enrollment to make it easier for women to serve (already in progress). I need look no further than the example between the funding / awareness between breast and prostate cancer. Why do men largely finance breast cancer research? Do I really need to point that out for you?

At best, this film is a well crafted narrative of a woman’s journey through Men’s Rights Activists conversations which lead her to shift her thinking (into something that I’m not sure is much more healthy). At worst, this film grossly misses the point of feminism, furthers a wedge of an us against them, zero sum mentality which only damages the progress we’ve seen within our culture. I fear this is a one step forward, two steps back kind of film.

But, like those who have also rated and reviewed this film, I would urge you to watch it. Just remember where the financing from this film came from, and who the filmmakers give the microphone too. Documentaries are meant to change your mind and further a message they want you to hear. Be mindful of this, and fall down this rabbit hole of a film.

Sep 13, 2018

This is a film about the exploration of a Men’s Movement so why should anyone be surprised or disappointed that it does not give equal time for the Feminist Movement? A search of the West Vancouver Library Subject heading for Women’s Rights yields 139 results while a similar search for Men’s Rights yields only 17 results, quite a difference! So I am grateful that the film maker had the enornmous courage to explore this topic. It is not easy to come forward with your true opinion in this angry world. I am really getting tired of so called intelligent progressive people denying others their fundamental freedom of speech. It might help to give people a chance to speak and then if you don’t agree then move on to support what you want to support.

Sep 07, 2018

This is not the even-handed treatment of gender issues it purports to be. It was funded by so-called "men's rights activists", and (not surprisingly) the filmmaker has portrayed them in the most sympathetic possible light. They are nonetheless revolting, and their arguments don't bear serious scrutiny.

I would recommend "The Mask You Live In" for its nuanced, positive, and insightful perspectives on toxic masculinity and its negative effects on men's lives:

This film, not so much.

Aug 07, 2018

about the “Men's rights movement”
from RationalWiki
“Cassie Jaye’s Career Hits a Shameful New Low With Appearance on ‘The Alex Jones Show’”
posted June 19, 2017 by Eyes On The Right

May 13, 2018

Excellent. A well done documentary/social commentary by a young, new film maker.

Definitely worth the time.

Also recommended viewing; Bonanza. Yep! The old 1960's TV show! Real and honest portrayals of what being men is about. Men are men and women are women, clearly defining right and wrong, valuing chivalry, the strong protect the weak, clean language, etc. Great modeling for your kids! You can leave it on your TV with the kids alone in the room and not worry about what they going to see.

VaughanPLDavidB May 13, 2018

The title of this documentary references the 1999 movie, The Matrix, where the hero is given the choice of taking the Blue Pill and continuing to live in his blissful dreamlike state, or taking the Red Pill and seeing the world in its terrible reality. The title clearly shows that award-winning filmmaker Cassie Jay, who now describes herself as a former feminist, has taken the Red Pill and has come to see the world somewhat differently. In making the film she sought to try to understand a group she thought was her enemy, and indeed the enemy of all women: the Men's Rights Movement (MRM). Over the course of making the film she started to take the view that the MRM did not believe that women's rights and issues should be disregarded, but there were issues unique to men that also needed to be discussed, yet are ignored at society's peril. There are many themes covered in this documentary, too many to recount here, but it has a point of view that has been controversial, to the point of the screenings being protested in various parts of the world. I urge you to watch and decide.

Apr 07, 2018

This reminds me of Helen Smith's book Men on Strike - "Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, & the American Dream--& Why It Matters." There's clearly a spectrum from masculinism to feminism & anecdotally it can be explored to create an enlightening documentary. Missing are the root causes of social inequality & solutions to situations that are individually unique & complex. We've got some work to do...

Mar 25, 2018

3 Stars. I enjoyed watching this film. Ultimately yes it did give more viewpoint to the men, but that is sorta the point. We get tons of videos, documentaries and pro-feminist stuff these days, so having a little bit of one video being more male oriented is okay in the world. It doesn't hurt anyone. My main gripe about this other than the fact that all the men when they try to present their views get yelled at is that there really isn't a consensus or plan to it, more of a just here's some stuff going on from men, and I don't know how to take it anymore.

Oct 26, 2017

I didn't know what to expect when I started the film. I thought the filmmaker tried to give both sides a voice in the film. HOWEVER, the men's rights groups were given more camera time than feminists. Also, some statistics mentioned in the film, for example men go to the doctor less often than women, more men die on the job, more men take dangerous jobs like firemen and policemen etc. These things happen because men make that choice. There's no doubt there is room for further discussion. It is clear that all the men fighting for men's rights were wronged by a woman, one man lost custody of his son, another was physically abused, and that's why they have these beliefs. They are bitter and it shows.

Feminists try to censor and block all anti-feminist information. Many do not want you to see The Red Pill. But that is why you should. The documentary presents both feminist and anti-feminist perspectives on the issues. Watch The Red Pill and decide for yourself. The maker of the film started the film as a feminist. But, after making the film, she has stated that she is no longer a feminist.

Many complain that because The Red Pill was financed by men, it must be unacceptably biased. Does this also mean there is a disqualifying bias when feminist films are funded by feminists?

Cassie Jaye, was a renowned feminist documentary maker. Jaye and her family provided initial funding for The Red Pill. Jaye had total control over the movie during production. She intended the movie to be a hit piece against men's rights activists. I'm sure if the movie had turned out this way, she would have easily received funding from feminists for post-production and distribution, just as in her previous films. But since The Red Pill instead exposed some of feminism's lies and flaws, she became the target of a smear campaign, and she could not find funding. She had to go to Kickstarter as a last resort, where men and women contributed.

As for Jaye renouncing feminism, she says, "I don’t view feminism as the road to gender equality.... I don’t think it’s conducive to an environment to discuss gender issues and ultimately solutions if men are being demonized.”

Jaye is brave and honest. She abhors the censoring and silencing of men's voices. As well as The Red Pill, I also recommend that you watch her TED talk.

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