slang A reference to the 1999 science-fiction 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 to continuing to live as a prisoner in a simulated world.
1. The choice to become aware of and engage with true reality, despite the pain or hardships that it may entail. The term contrasts with "blue pill," the choice to remain willfully ignorant of and disengaged from the real world. Taking that philosophy course was like choosing the red pill—I feel like my eyes have really been opened.
2. A man who holds and promotes extremely conversative political beliefs, particularly a conception of dominant masculinity rooted in misogyny and opposition to feminist ideals. The term contrasts with "blue pill," in this usage a derogatory term for a man who remains oblivious to or rejects such a conception of masculinity. "The Red Pill" is also the name of a prominent subcommunity on the online forum Reddit that features discussion of such topics, typically strategies for sexual conquest. He sees himself as a true red pill, but he's really just repeating all the things he reads online about how to be an alpha male.
3. The choice to hold and promote such conservative beliefs. Usually used after the verb "take." I'm worried that Ted has taken the red pill. All he's been doing lately is rant about how liberals and feminists are poisoning in the world.
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