Article in question: http://archive.is/oybLW
RedPillWomen is the "feminised" version of the infamous RedPill—a men's rights subreddit whose members claim to have "taken the red pill" and finally realised the truth about feminism. Namely that it shouldn't exist.
Dun dun dun! I can just hear the scary music the reader is supposed to hear after being confronted with such a controversial statement. There are people on Earth who don't identify as feminists? The horror!
I think this would be a good time to point out that RPW is in many ways and by definition an extremely feminist space, we just don't subscribe to the particular "brand" of feminism that is culturally popular now. Pic Related.
every Red Pill Woman I reached out was careful and reluctant to talk with me. "In general, the only interest we see from writers is in gathering material for a hit piece," one said.
Upon locating and befriending some members of a teeny-tiny online community of women that feel vulnerable to journalists writing hit pieces about them, our feminist author proceeds to write a hit piece.
...there's a pink background and cursive font...a online home for thousands of defeated women...They didn't see themselves as the hot girl...chamber of bigoted secrets!
This is so transparent, but we must be doing something right.
I called myself electricwoman9.
Come on PluggedInPollyanna, if you're going to infiltrate a den of internet misogyny at least come up with a good handle.
Lauren ... She had made a conscious decision to "embrace being nice… as a woman", as she believed she was then "more likely to get a positive reaction than by being aggressive."
I have to point out that the ellipsis means we have no idea what exactly Lauren said.
But who knew that being nice got you a more positive reaction than being aggressive! That's not manners or common sense, that's internalized misogyny!
Then there's a discussion of LMR. As we all know, RPW is filled with posts in which we advise our fellow women on how to overcome their LMR. Oh wait it's not, and the only person from here nice enough to talk to the author refutes this claim for us.
"These terms are not really used on RedPillWoman. It is assumed that those who are reading it are aiming to find long term relationships with men."
Which is really the point, isn't it--the author has pretty much misconstrued what RPW is. This is a forum for relationship advice without a feminist bent. It's not that scary.
Perhaps there is some comfort in convincing oneself that you aren't an oppressed person.
There is. There is also some comfort in convincing yourself that you are an oppressed person, but only one of these puts you in an empowered position.
RPW is a tiny sub, our main focus is helping people find and keep a man they're attracted to, not apologizing for rape or any of the other nonsense you wrote here.
In conclusion, Ms. Griffiths.