Feminists have protested outside The Red Pill movie screening at the University of Sydney (USU). It is believed that police have arrested one person as a result of the protests.
The Red Pill, a documentary about the Men’s Rights Activist (MRA) movement has been banned in several cinemas across Australia and other parts of the world.
The screening of The Red Pill at USU was organised by the Conservative Club, Students for Liberty and BroSoc groups. USU had recently withdrew funding and resources from the film as a result of complaints from feminists.
The University of Sydney gave this reason for its withdrawal of funding:
“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. The Red Pill is rooted in an ideology which ultimately dehumanises women, seeing them merely as sex objects who exist primarily to purposefully negatively impact the lives of men.”
Despite the withdrawal of funding, the screening still went ahead in the face of angry feminists.
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University of Sydney Students’ Representative Council (SRC) Women’s Officer, Katie Thorburn said “If BroSoc, the Libertarian Club and the Conservatives were so interested in feminism, and they’re willing to put so much money behind those A3 posters and stickers that they put up around campus and in women’s bathrooms, why have they never approached the Wom*n’s Collective to help with the sexual assault campaign?”
“I find it interesting that the University says they have a zero-tolerance approach to sexual assault and yet are supporting pro-rape ideology by housing the screening in a lecture hall.”
Protesters chanted, “Not MRAs and not the state, women will decide our fate,” and “racist, sexist, anti-queer, bigots are not welcome here”.
Multiple physical scuffs broke out between the protesters and organisers and supporters of the event.
Around 20 police were present, including riot police.
Once viewers were inside the lecture theatre where the film is being screened, one organiser, Renee Gorman, addressed them and said, “According to USU this film threatens violence to women … I don’t know about you girls but I put my big girl panties for this one”.
She also called the protesters “a bunch of crazies”.
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