I will get to the review in a moment but first we need to discuss the censorship which was experienced based on fear mongering and mis information.
Feminist lobby groups used the popular tactic of anonymity to create the petition by someone called “Susie Smith” who appears to have no other online profile. Among other rhetoric the petition which recorded a “victory” after 2370 signatures finished with this:
Please do not associate your cinema with the kind of people who teach men how to violate women physically and emotionally. Please stand with the women everywhere, and do not promote misogynistic hate.
This of course incited commenters to make aggressive statements based on the content written in the petition only.
Call me simplistic, but I would have thought if you didn’t want to see the movie you just wouldn’t go!
Cassie spoke with the Herald Sun yesterday and said
“….she was “shocked” that thousands of people would sign an online petition to ban her documentary from screening in Melbourne when they hadn’t even seen the film for themselves.
This is the first time a screening of The Red Pill has ever been cancelled.”
This is patently un Australian. What an embarrassment our nation has become that we let fear mongering silence the majority of people who are pro free speech and those who had paid for and wanted to see the movie. The counter publication to stop the censorship has received over 5000 signatures.
So why all the fear?
THE RED PILL REVIEW
I’m not frequently called upon to be a movie critic, in fact – never! However I do usually form opinions based on my experiences while watching movies and so these are my takeaways after viewing the 2 hour film.
At the beginning of the film Cassie is a very likeable self described feminist who starts out wanting to find out what’s behind the men’s movement and what drives MRA’s.
She eloquently explores the broad range of societal problems men face such as male suicide, reproductive rights, circumcision, domestic violence, education, family law and workplace deaths.
Through her interviews with founders of the men’s movement such as Warren Farrell, Paul Elam, Dean Esmay, Fred Hayward and Harry Crouch, Cassie began to get an unexpected awakening that these were good men with genuine concerns for the wellbeing of men and boys.
She dived into research and found that not only was the sentiment strong, but the facts and data supported the claims of the men’s movement.
Clearly a compassionate and introspective young woman, Cassie is confronted by much of what she hears. As a feminist she had long held views on society and culture which were now being challenged.
She chronicles some of those concerns in her diary which is inserted as the film goes along. I found this to be a poignant part of the film because although I was never a feminist I have sat in that ‘place’ myself when I first had my eyes opened some 3 years ago after being silenced and shunned by media and university campuses in raising awareness about male victims.
In Cassie’s commitment to balance The Red Pill also explores the opinions of feminist academics on the subject of the division between the men’s movement and feminism and why it is so difficult to co-exist. The feminist opinion shared was one typically of patriarchal oppression and after hearing the men’s stories, it left me little doubt as to why many feminists don’t want this film to be seen.
When you hear men’s stories and experience their pain as Cassie has managed to impress upon the viewer through her footage, you can’t possibly believe in the ideological belief of patriarchy and privilege.
It’s really that simple.
I remember when The Red Pill documentary was first being discussed as a possibility, and while the MRM were eager, there was also initial apprehension. How fair would this be? There was certainly no influence, but nor did we want it. Fair and reasonable discussion is all we have ever wanted.
I am quite sure Cassie has confronted many demons in making this film. (Not the least of which was coming face to face with ‘Big Red‘) It is very difficult to reconcile what you are confronted with when your internal dialogue is saying something different. She deserves a bravery award for her commitment to looking introspectively at her own prejudices and taking the time to analyse those in a fair and equitable manner.
The only thing this film incites is compassion and understanding for men’s issues.
The Red Pill is a must see film.
ABOUT THE FILM: When feminist filmmaker Cassie Jaye sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs. Jaye had only heard about the Men’s Rights Movement as being a misogynist hate-group aiming to turn back the clock on women’s rights, but when she spends a year filming the leaders and followers within the movement, she learns the various ways men are disadvantaged and discriminated against. The Red Pill challenges the audience to pull back the veil, question societal norms, and expose themselves to an alternate perspective on gender equality, power and privilege.