The purplepill is the stance of being neutral or on the fence with regards to gender relations or state of the dating scene; i.e. not on the manosphere or redpilled side, nor on the feminist, bluepilled or banal side. Purplepillers are for the most part non-ideological.
The term "purplepill" was coined because the color purple is an intermediate between the colors blue and red, and as such allowed for a space pertaining to nuanced discussion rather the echo chambers that can sometimes be prevalent in redpilled or bluepilled platforms. An example of a purpose-built forum created for this purpose is the PurplePillDebate subreddit wherein red pillers, blue pillers and purplepillers debate one another.
Being purplepilled is essentially the default position, on pretty much any issue. That's because it is a neutral position. As an analogy, on the quantitative spectrum of politics, the equivalent outlook would be "centrism".
The etymology comes from the redpill-bluepill analogy in the Matrix. The blue pill or bluepill' is a term used in the incelosphere that was coined as an analogy to describe people who behave in a manner akin to the plugged-in inhabitants of the Matrix. Morpheus, a character in the 1999 film played by Laurance Fishburne defines bluepillers as follows:
"The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us, even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth ... That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage ... born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind."
In the film, the bluepill contrasts with the redpill in that bluepilled people are those who are plugged into the system of digital data that constitutes a dreamworld for its prisoners. In contrast, redpilled people are those who have been unplugged by free people through the administration of a red pill, which in the film wakes people up to a depressing reality. It remains a conundrum whether the blue pill or red pill is more alluring, with bluepill offering one the pleasantries of the "ignorance is bliss" idiom, whilst the red pill offers one entrance into the real world, even though the real world is depressingly harsh.
Members of the red pill movement have used these characters as metaphors for 21st century gender relations and the dating scene wherein the A.I, in control of the Matrix is a metaphor for the mainstream media and feminist publications, the blue-pilled/plugged-in characters in the film are metaphors for ordinary people who believe in the mainstream media and feminism, whilst the unplugged/red-pilled are metaphors for members of the modern-day androsphere and incelosphere who reject the mainstream media and feminist publications.
Although the term was originally used solely by redpillers in a disparaging manner that meant something akin to what "NPC" or "normie" means today, some bluepillers have subsequently embraced the term and reappropriated it to disseminate their ideals. Some tropes associated with bluepillers include:
- accepting the status-quo
- a belief that feminism promotes egalitarianism
- the usage of platitudes (referred to by redpillers as "chadsplaining")
- a belief in the just-world-hypothesis
- solidarity with majority viewpoints (criticized by redpillers as constituting argumentum ad populum)
- Mountford, J. B. "Topic Modeling The Red Pill." Social Sciences 7.3 (2018): 42.