I hadn’t realised that the directors had confirmed that the fan theory that The Matrix movie is a metaphor for the transgender experience is a fair reading.

Both directors later revealed themselves to be trans women, but had felt limited as to what mainstream Hollywood would find acceptable at the time the original film was around. One of their original intentions had been that the character Switch would present as male in “reality” and female in the matrix.

I might be overly-pandering to stereotypes here, but there’s something kind of darkly amusing to me that the phrase the often-troubled, rarely-gender-progressive, folk who claim to have been “red-pilled” online are borrowing a phrase that emanated in such a way.