Connor Johnston
Dec 5, 2016 · 5 min read

The Red Pill by Cassie Jaye, is the story of her discovery of the men’s rights movement.

“The Red Pill is about looking at these issues in an honest way, even when it’s uncomfortable.” — Paul Elam, founder of A Voice For Men.

When Jaye began filming and researching The Red Pill, she was a feminist. Her experience with being typecasted as the hot blonde during her career as an actor made her feel like people ignored her talents for creativity and critical thinking.

In response, Jaye decided to start her own film production company and produced several documentaries concerning topics that were important to her. Prior to The Red Pill, she is known for The Right to Love and Daddy I Do.

Feminism is an ambiguous concept. It envelops people like Jaye — who clearly has never been a man-hater or self-appointed victim — because she identifies with women’s empowerment and resisting the sexual objectification of women.

Radicals at the highest level of academia and government use feminism to more easily manipulate her and those like her into endorsing the sexism and misandry at the core of modern feminism.

From within this filter of reality, Jaye begins producing the film — expecting to find the dark underground of hatred, bitterness, and misogyny of a bygone era — desperate to cling to what America used to be.

What she finds instead are courageous, empathetic men who have real and profound concerns about issues facing men and boys, issues that are perpetuated by societal structures at a systemic level. Prominent voices include Paul Elam, Warren Farrell, and Karen Straughan.

She finds that men routinely have their lives destroyed by the family court system. She finds that men commit suicide more often than women. She finds that men die more often in war. She finds that men die earlier.

After barely making it through five minutes of a video recording infant male circumcision, she realizes that only men are subjected to this barbaric, routine infant genital mutilation in western society. I deeply appreciate that she has the courage to share part of the video in The Red Pill, with audiences that I’m sure will amount to millions of people.

On the feminist side, she finds both men and women want to silence the brave people who dare to speak about men’s issues. Even academics who appear moderate dismiss and minimize concerns. Protesters and the media mischaracterize men’s rights activists (MRAs) as misogynists and white supremacists.

A Lesson in Self-Knowledge

Throughout her commitment to cover the men’s issues movement in a fair-minded manner, Jaye keeps a video diary of her thoughts and feelings along the way. Perhaps the part of the film that had the greatest impact for me is the profound and courageous level of self-knowledge she displays in these recordings.

At the beginning of the documentary, she notices she feels defensive in response to MRAs’ concerns and arguments. Every time a man says something that contradicts her feminist programming, she feels uncomfortable and wants to respond by bringing up women’s issues.

However, as Jaye has more conversations with empathetic men who bring up real concerns, her defensiveness gradually withers. She sympathizes and agrees with what the men and “honey badgers” (female MRAs) say.

At the end of her interview with Paul Elam, Jaye says:

“I think I agree with everything you said, but there’s still some kind of unsettling doubt — and I don’t know where that’s coming from.”

This — this kind of statement is an ultimate tell that indicates a person is capable of processing reason and evidence. It reveals her as an ally for philosophy and truth: while being emotionally resistant to the facts and conclusions, she is able to deal with holding a conflicting intellectual understanding.

Her internal conflict reaches a crescendo around the halfway point of the film. Nearly in tears, she talks about how everything she ever knew about gender issues is up in the air, and that she can’t comprehend how it seems like up was down, left is right, good is bad.

I know everyone who pursues truth in a dedicated manner has this moment of deep confusion and a feeling of being lost.

She continues to pursue the truth with resolve. The outcome is a fantastic and vital documentary on the state of men and boys in the West and in North America, and a fair platform for individuals who bravely deal with men’s issues in an honest manner. I couldn’t give it a more enthusiastic recommendation.

At the closing scene of the film, Jaye states: “I am not a feminist.”

I witnessed the more than 400 people who attended the screening at the University of Toronto on December 3 meet this statement with resounding applause. We then had the privilege of participating in a Q&A with her live on Skype after the screening.

The criticisms I have of the film are better described as suggestions and additions to the men’s rights conversation. I would have loved to see Stefan Molyneux featured in the documentary. I think he has essential, entertaining, and incredibly clear insights in the issues of men’s rights, as well as male versus female biology, and evolutionary influences on male/female relations.

And though this is more recent, I think the migrant crisis and Islam are glaring issues omitted by modern feminists. Very recent mass Muslim immigration to European culture has resulted in huge spikes in rape rates throughout western Europe. Sweden is now the rape capital of Europe.

An Important Juncture

This documentary comes at an important juncture in the history of Western civilization. Men — especially white men — are being rejected in the social dialogue. As white men, we are not allowed to honestly and openly express our concerns in civil or therapeutic dialogue. We are forced to instead communicate in dysfunctional ways. We tell the story of our trauma and silencing through drug use, giving up family life, homelessness, hopelessness, and in far too many tragic cases — suicide.

If we allow the man-rejecting epidemic to play out fully, nature will harshly remind us of the vital role men play in the maintenance and building of civilization.

I will never forget the courage and dedication displayed by all the men and women in the film, and also by Jaye, of course. By speaking openly and honestly about truth and the tragedy among men, boys, and women by proxy, we can avert the greater and more obvious and immediate tragedy that follows: collapse of civilization.

We can and will drop the anchor of truth deep into the ground, and avert the hell towards which we head. We can ensure a bright and beautiful future where all children, men, and women are not equal — but are loved, respected, and have safe and happy homes.

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Western civilization, personal development for young men, empathy for children, philosophy for all.

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“Rational thoughts for self-connected people.” We write about the small, sometimes almost imperceptible steps we take when we commit to knowing ourselves. Progress comes over time — through a consistent commitment to principles of philosophy and self-growth.

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