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Much of the subreddit’s misogyny is justified by one of their favourite acronyms, AWALT: “all women are like that”.“The movement’s use of evolutionary psychology convinced my rational mind that everything I read was a scientific fact supressed by feminists,” explains Jack, a British 24-year-old former r/The Red Pill subscriber.In r/The Red Pill’s instance, the “dark truths” that the subreddit’s subscribers have swallowed are these: feminism is toxic, sexism is fake, men have it harder than women, and everything the media teaches about relationships is a lie.In reality (the argument goes) women don’t want soft-centred men/chocolates; they want to be dominated, controlled, and manipulated.as well as there's a whole conspiracy that society is against men, that society is anti-male so to speak, that liberals are fucking up society, that feminism is fucking up society. You can't criticise anything because people will quickly try to diminish you.So I really believed every little thing.” Beliefs such as “all women are evil” and “all women cheat” are what are known as conspiracy stereotypes.The most extreme Red Pillers even believe that women want to be raped.“Rejection is not rejection,” reads an extract from the subreddit’s most popular post.
The nearly 200,000 subscriber strong subreddit describes itself as a place for the “discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men.” In itself, perhaps this doesn’t sound too bad., in which the protagonist Neo must choose between the Red Pill – which would allow him to escape the Matrix but see the real, darker world – and the Blue Pill – continued existence in his comfortable, but ultimately fake, life.
"They have this social influence mechanism where they pre-emptively invalidate all criticism by criticising people back…
and it is typical of cults to do this.” Other Red Pillers I spoke to also mentioned the threat of harassment.
“They have theories that are not easy to prove or disprove, they are based on beliefs like all women cheat, they like cheating, and all women are not loyal,” explains João.
“There’s this whole conspiracy thing where women are against you, they are this imagined enemy… if you go on Red Pill Reddit and you disagree with someone they either delete your comments or they try to make fun of you and shame you.