New Hampshire state Representative Robert Fisher resigned on Wednesday, weeks after he was exposed by The Daily Beast as the founder of a “women-hating” Reddit community known as the Red Pill. Under the username pk_atheist, Fisher had authored comments suggesting that women serve “little purpose in day to day life” outside of their physical looks because of their “sub-par intelligence” and “lackluster and boring” personalities. Commenting as pk_atheist, Fisher also claimed that he had installed video cameras in his bedroom to prevent women from accusing him of rape.
Asked to comment on The Daily Beast investigation, Fisher denied even knowing what the Red Pill was. Within hours, Reddit usernames and communities connected to him were either deleted or made private. In a public hearing last week, Fisher would eventually admit that he and pk_atheist were one and the same.
Rep. Robert Fisher came under fire after an article revealed he founded a Reddit forum called "The Red Pill" https://t.co/Zvov0iFl12
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During the hearing, Fisher denied any connection to the user redpillschool, the current moderator of the Red Pill, despite the fact that the Daily Beast had managed to trace redpillschool to Fisher’s personal email address. In an 8-6 vote, Republicans voted along party lines to recommend no disciplinary action against Fisher for his actions. In the audience, however, women could be heard chanting, “Shame! Shame! Shame!” As a symbol of protest, other women dressed themselves as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian book and TV series in which women have been stripped of their legal rights.
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