posted Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:39am
Once upon a lifetime ago, I found myself in an entourage en route to Burning Man. Being open-minded, I was quite excited to see all the art. Not an experience I regret. Anyway, I met a fellow there; I was single at the time. (I'm a hetero woman) We connected intellectually, but not in any other way. He seemed upbeat and fun-a real Californian dude. As the week there transpired, he explained he was one of the leaders of the 'Red Pill Men's Movement'. I had no idea what that was so I listened intently as he explained it is about men's empowerment. At first, it appeared as upbeat, fun and fair as the guy. As time went, I kept in touch with this seemingly interesting fellow. He slowly became verbally gamey, hostile and very dominating, with vestiges of what appeared to be addicted behaviours: inability to stick to plans, strange and sudden mood changes, constant obnoxious tales of women he used to date and how awful they were. As I looked into this 'movement' a little more, I discovered 'Red Pill' is a 'movement' all right: 'treating women like children'. This experience taught me that all types are out there. We need to remain discerning while being open-minded. I had to end my connection with this man as he just got stranger and stranger and then downright unfun. I let him know I was over it. Never heard from him again. Phew. I hope our Canadian men are bigger than this. While there are clearly multiple issues arising from the 'feminist' struggle, I'd like to believe our menfolk know their own worth and honour their value in more progressive ways. In any case, I am grateful for Canadian men and their sense of humour.