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blue pill

1. slang The choice to remain willfully ignorant of and disengaged from true reality. The term contrasts with "red pill," the choice to become aware of and engage with how the world really is, despite the pain or hardships that it may entail. A reference to the 1999 film The Matrix, in which the main character is literally given a choice between a red pill, which will allow him to experience true reality for the first time, and a blue pill, which will result in him continuing to live as a prisoner in a simulated world. Most people would rather just take the blue pill and lead happy, uninformed lives, ignoring how screwed up the world really is.
2. slang A man who rejects or remains oblivious to a conception of dominant masculinity rooted in misogyny and opposition to feminist ideals. The term contrasts with "red pill," a term for a man who holds or promotes such a conception of masculinity. I can't believe Mike lets his girlfriend tell him what to do—what a blue pill.
See also: blue, pill
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