In November 2016, the world’s first documentary film about the human rights of men “THE RED PILL” was released. The special thing about this film is that the filmmaker, “Cassey Jaye,” is a feminist who has been making documentaries related to women’s discrimination over the past eight years.
She created this male rights documentary because of the men’s rights movement site called MRA, which she discovered while searching for dating violence.
She was a passionate feminist at the time, and of course she thought of the site as a disgusting site for women, and she decided to film the film to explore the reality of the organization called MRA.
But the content of the interview with the MRA for filming was not simply to dislike women. The MRA was dealing with the serious content of the human rights of men.
“We always have a tag called “female dislike”. We just claimed human rights for men. 93% of the workplace deaths are male. 4/5 of the suicides are male, and the male college entrance rate is dropping very rapidly to 38%.”
“The rate of homelessness in men is soaring. And the deterioration of men ‘s health is getting worse.”
“In the case of divorced men, it is legally very disadvantageous to keep custody, and it is almost unprotected for false charge.”
“When men and women commit the same crime, men live 63% longer in prison than men.”
They complain that men and children on the streets are human too and need help. However, even bringing up such a story raises people’s hostility.
“The moment we take the talk out, it becomes a ridicule. They say that men already have all the rights.”
Taxi drivers work about 70 hours a week. But does he earn money to dominate his wife? No. It is their purpose to provide a better life for their children.
Garbage cleaners get up and work at 3-4 am. Do they really have the power to live their lives comfortably? The fact that men have more money does not mean they have more power than women.
“Human society has trained men for thousands of years to be consumed as disposable items. They were trained to live as warriors, firefighters, oil workers, and miners. If they do not play the role of ‘provider’ or ‘guardian’, they are stigmatized.”
In 2013, 4,584 deaths occurred in the workplace, 93% of whom were male. Many women ‘s organizations criticize that men consider “male work” more important than “female work”. But what they overlook is that men value women’s life more than men’s life.
When the commercial airliner crashed a long time ago, there were 155 people in it, and life vests and lifeboats were given priority to women and children.
In the priority of life value, women were always on the male. On the other hand, men are deeply rooted in society’s perception that they can be consumed whenever and wherever.
Boys are trained to bear and overcome emotions such as fear, helplessness, loneliness, and depression when they are nurtured. In some ways, since childhood, boys are prepared to internalize their disposability.
We need to acknowledge the vulnerability of men socially. Especially women can be the perpetrators of domestic violence. But most of these things are ignored.
According to a report submitted by the CDC, one-third of women in the United States and one-quarter of men experience lifelong physical violence by close partners. In other words, 43% of victims of domestic violence are men.
However, most of the 2000 domestic violence shelters in the United States do not accept these male victims.
In Nigeria, 300 children were taken by a group of terrorists. At that time, the media focused only on the kidnapped girls, and the #Bringbackourgirls campaign became more like a trend.
Numerous entertainers joined the #Bringbackourgirls campaign and prayed that the kidnapped girls could return safely.
Eventually, the terrorists unleashed the girls among the 300 kidnapped and killed over 100 boys.
But most of the media reported that those killed were not boys, but ‘person’ or ‘natives’. And later they reported that they were dead. And the fact that they were dead was reported late.
“I think men need the same compassion. But when we opened a conference in the university to create a forum for gender equality, we had to face extreme revenge.”
“They opened a loud protest against our organization. And they turned on the smoke alarm during the conference. We eventually had to stop the conference.”
It is dangerous to distinguish between simply a man as a perpetrator and a woman as a victim. Both can be equally vulnerable.
“I have been interviewing a number of male rights activists and feminists throughout the year for this film and I have come to realize that there are many opinions about gender. However, as I listened to various opinions, I feel that something is falling deep into the rabbit cave.”
“In the past, I have always believed that my feminist ideals are always right. But now I am in a dilemma about what is right. Women’s human rights remarks are ready to be accepted at any time in society, but I think there is something wrong with silencing and deprecating the dialogue and voices of male human rights.”
I do not know what path I will take in the future, but I know what to leave. I no longer call myself a feminist.
Of course, I also support women’s efforts to find their own human rights. And I know there are some difficult parts to accept the MRA’s claim. But I think indiscriminate feminism is a problem to think about once more.