There’s far too much furore over the release of the documentary The Red Pill in Australia. Made in 2016 Cassie Jaye, an American feminist documentary maker spent a year filming the leaders and followers of the men’s rights movement.

The Red Pill Facebook page describes the documentary: “Jaye delves head-first into the most polarising of men's rights groups, A Voice For Men (AVFM). AVFM is the largest and fastest growing online community of men's rights activists who believe men are discriminated against and that feminists have it all wrong. AVFM has been characterised as a "hate group" by the media, but men's rights activists (a.k.a.

"MRAs") believe they are simply misunderstood. The film follows Jaye meeting the most prominent men's rights leaders such as Paul Elam (Founder of A Voice For Men), Dr Warren Farrell (author of the best-selling novel "The Myth of Male Power"), and Harry Crouch (President of the National Coalition for Men), among many others. “The Red Pill” explores today’s ‘gender war’ and what needs to be done in order to achieve true gender equality.”

Rising hysteria

While promoting her film in Australia last week Cassie explained she wanted to explore, “ Feminists and mens' rights to find some middle ground”. Unfortunately, the hysteria that has arisen over the documentary by feminists and the media, it is unlikely to show in many cinemas, although a quick internet search it can be found online.

Wrote Joe Hildebrand on Friday; “The question at the heart of this debate has nothing to do with whether you agree with what The Red Pill is saying. It’s whether you believe that just because you disagree with something it should be banned. And if your values are so weak and baseless as to be threatened by every countervailing wind or opposing views then those values are hardly worth having at all”.

He’s right, the more we try to suppress another person’s opinion the more dangerous are our prejudices.

A powerless position

A couple of years ago I interviewed a man, Bob 43 (not his real name), who had been accused of rape by his ex.

“My ex-wife and I had been together for 17 years, married for 15. We shared looking after our children.

Although we divorced over two years before we had a good relationship, in fact, we still slept together every now and again. I guess you could say we were ex’s with benefits,” he says.

After a while, he met someone new and he explained one night to his ex he didn’t want to carry on their amorous liaisons.

The woman was hurt and decided to get her own back by reporting Bob to the local police for rape. “The police told me they were charging me with two counts of rape and four counts of sexual violation. I was disgusted, the word, the act, is abhorrent. How could they think I’d do such a thing? I felt sick to my stomach’ he says.

For Bob it was his word against hers, her medical examination showed they’d had sex hours before so he couldn’t deny he’d been with her, but the fact she had said he raped her put him in a powerless position.

Just imagine you are hearing this story for the first time, who are you going to believe? Of course, the statistics point towards it was probably Bob that committed the crime. But this is like saying all Muslims are terrorists. Some are, most aren’t.

Luckily, in Bob’s case the NZ justice system believed him and after his ex-wife admitted she’d made it all up he was acquitted and sent home.

“I’ve been to hell and back and one day her cruel accusation will fade away into time. In the meantime, I just get on with my life the best I can. It’s a terrible thing to happen, it can happen to anybody and it happened to me,” he says.

Said Cassie Jaye to Martin Daubney of the UK Telegraph in 2015 “Above all, the Red Pill is not about attacking women: it is about supporting men.

And that can only be a good thing”.

Bob went through hell when the rape charges were laid, he lost his friends, his job and even some of his family refused to talk to him. He was male, so he must be guilty, only he wasn’t.

This documentary must not be ignored.