Why banning The Red Pill is bad for feminism

Article here. Excerpt:

'It’s fair enough to criticise the documentary, but people should watch it and make up their own minds. And what better place to discuss a political documentary than a university? Aren’t students meant to be exposed to challenging ideas they disagree with?

Not according to the University of Sydney Union. In a statement released online, the students’ union announced it was prohibiting the movie from being screened on union-managed parts of campus. It also banned any union funds from being used to screen it. ‘The planned screening of this documentary would be discriminatory against women, and has the capacity to intimidate and physically threaten women on campus’, it said. ‘This documentary is decidedly anti-feminist and anti-woman, focussing not on the ways in which the systemic issues of patriarchy may also adversely affect men, but instead placing the blame on women and feminism specifically for men’s issues.’

In other words, the documentary disputes the dominant narrative around gender equality, and the University of Sydney Union can’t allow that. Apparently discussing issues facing men would have been fine if the documentary blamed all the problems on The Patriarchy.'

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On the contrary

Banning TRP is great for feminism. Feminism relies on the suppression of alternate POVs and facts that are inconvenient to it. Banning TRP is good for feminism, just bad for everyone else.

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Personally, . . .

. . . I have to agree with the author here. Banning TRP is only drawing much more attention to it, making people curious about it, and I think, ultimately yielding a larger audience for the film than it otherwise would have had. If something is banned, it really makes someone wonder just exactly why.

As an added bonus, this makes people see feminists as the anti-free speech brigade that they are.

I don't know. Maybe I'm wearing rose-colored glasses.

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