I had heard of the documentary film, of course, but only today did I get the opportunity to watch The Red Pill all the way through. Yes, even a busy Tavern Keeper can find an hour and a half to put to good use. In my case it was more like two and half as I had to stop it from time to time to ponder, reflect, smoke several pipes and frankly admire the way Cassie Jaye confronted her own difficulty as the Truth dawned and her feminist agitprop drained away.
She cried. I empathised.
I shall screen the film in the Tavern tonight and post additional bouncers at the gates to deal with the expected hordes trying to shout it down.
You may recall that I mentioned Cassie a little while ago. Someone reviewed the film well before I laid hands on it.
The Red Pill chronicles Jaye’s journey beginning as a skeptical feminist investigating what she believes to be a hate movement. She goes on to discover that the movement is different from what she expected and begins to question her own views on gender, power, and privilege.
The film discusses numerous issues facing men and boys such as male suicide rates, workplace fatalities and high-risk jobs, false allegations of rape, military conscription, lack of services for male victims of domestic violence and rape, higher rates of violent victimization, issues concerning divorce and child custody, disparity in criminal sentencing, disproportionate funding and research on men's health issues, educational inequality, societal tolerance of misandry, and men's lack of reproductive rights.
It includes interviews with men's rights activists and those supportive of the movement, such as Paul Elam, founder of A Voice for Men; Harry Crouch, president of the National Coalition for Men; Warren Farrell, author of The Myth of Male Power; and Erin Pizzey, who started the first domestic violence shelter in the modern world. It also includes interviews with feminists critical of the movement, such as Ms. magazine executive editor Katherine Spillar, and sociologist Michael Kimmel. It also contains excerpts from Jaye’s video diary.
As a long-time advocate for men's rights, all of the arguements for and against, as well as all the 'players' interviewed by Cassie, were well known to me. I did not watch to learn to suck eggs. I just wanted to see just what so many ratbag protesters did not want us to see. And boy, do they get their moment in the sun too. A gory glory.
Let us hear what Cassie has to say about it. Her statement.
She has given several interviews since the film was released. I put one here for you. And there have been many interviews of other people about her and her film. It has provoked a lot of discussion and a lot of censorious protest.
What struck me mostly was not so much the material with which I was quite familiar, but herself. Her struggle. She documented it in a 'personal' vlog, exerpts of which were shown in the film itself.
I have seen such personal, internal struggles many times. It is always painful. Many people do not complete the task. But as it was almost a 'side-issue' for her, an unintended consequence, she continued her filming task ( in a most impartial and fair way, I might add) and had to deal with the personal confrontation with all the lies she had absorbed from the society around her.
She went down the rabbit hole.
She was not a happy girl. She had to make room in her feminist philosophy for insights that did not fit. She was confronted with nice men. Intelligent men. She was used to the denigration of men by her peers, and she even in the past made some films on 'wimmin's ishoos'. She was shown facts and statistics and personal stories that directly contradicted what she had previously taken for granted. She dug deep to find her own experience which she was able to look at from an outside, objective perspective. Truth. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes you the Knights, Saints and Heroes, and what should fit her for your company.
Oh, what was that? What does the film show? You will have to watch it but here is a taste. As you can see she starts from a feminist false premise but progresses to a factual one.
The film has been 'ran out of town' in various places. On several continents.
Here Oz. One closely cropped talking head even has the timerity to bring in calumnies as though they were truths, and even when they were not even in the film!
And here in Canada.
Feminism is a multi-billion dollar business, populated by many awful women. Chanty Bix, 'Big Red' is not an untypical example. Although many others are intelligent, articulate and even polite, they all know on which side their bread is buttered and where the jam is.
Cassie was not deterred. She met with kindness from polite men and women who seek the truth.
So, I recommend you book a table, order a nice meal and sit back to have your assumptions rocked.
The greatest respect you can show this intelligent and courageous woman is by watching her work.
You can watch it here. You have to 'Register' when you get to it.
And drinking to her health.
A Fine Gal she is.
Update: A review by a young woman with no ax to grind. What happened when the film was shown in Melbourne, Oz.
Also helps that she's a pretty young blondinka too.ReplyDelete
Is the medium the message?Delete
She is awakened (like some of the men), but she is only awakened to mankinds sinful nature. It is essentially the blind leading the blind... Paul Elam is building another victim class with very little goals or facing reality beyond that.ReplyDelete
We are at the point where leftism is saturated. It would be nieve to think otherwise frankly. MRAs reject one victim class and then build another for themselves. Most try to pit men against women. Every women is the one who "oppressed" them. We can put whatever label you want on sin, but essentially that is what she is being awakened too.
(the southern girl:)
I don't see her seeing that nature as sinful yet. At the heavy end of Feminism is Evil - where the Mz Mag people and the academic male feminists were - and at the light end, where she was and her immediate peers are there is more ignorance and cognitive dissonance than wickedness.Delete
MRA victim class. Hmmmm. There are victims in the world. I have seen some easily victim-status-seeking men but in the main men ARE victims in our society. One has to distinguish between the claimed victimhood of feminism and what they have perpetrated through laws, blackmail, falsity etc on men as a 'class'. I cannot simply dismiss men who have been dispossesed by chicanery and falsity, especially when they have lost their children.
My main focus here was on Cassie Jaye herself, gaining insight and dealing with her own demons.
Yes, my friend:)....she is gaining insight. But only to the fallen world we live in and to her own fallen nature herself. We use the world "feminism" and say it is evil. But where does the source come from? The fact that we all are separated from God? Without a spiritual awakening the west will fall apart. Paul Elom is hardly what one would call a reputable and reasonable source for any movement. He demonizes women who raise their own children. Cassie should have done a bit more research before using him as a source.ReplyDelete
One can speak on the worlds enjustices, but once you take on the victim mentality you disempower yourself. (The Southern Girl)
I would imagine that Elam was chosen - along with other notable MRAs - because he is notable. I agree that there is much about Elam that she did not examine but he did articulate some points. I am not a fan of his. In fact he banned me from AVfM. :) Dullard.Delete
I don't think Jaye was looking for any spiritual answers. She set out to expose a hate group and found it was not as described. That caused her to examine herself. That is a good first step to a spiritual awakening. Let us just encourage .
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