Earlier this week the self-titled “neo-masculinist” Daryush Valizadeh, who goes by the name Roosh V, announced his plans to organise events across the globe on the 6th of February where fellow members of the anti-feminist group Return Of Kings, can meet up and share their pro-rape ideologies.
Valizadeh was planning on attending a meet-up in Australia, but Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in a statement that “People who advocate violence against women aren’t welcome in Australia.” He went on to say that in the past “people advocating violence against women have had their visa refused or cancelled.” However, Dutton has also said that Valizadeh has no visa to visit Australia, nor has he applied for one, and therefore won’t be allowed to enter the country. Similarly, the Scottish population were just as opposed to these misogynistic gatherings. On Monday a petition was launched to “Stop Roosh V being allowed to promote his hateful violent views in our cities” which has gained almost 60,000 signatures. The creator of the campaign writes “promoting rape is hate speech and should be treated as such.”
Valizadeh has since cancelled his “pick-up artists” meetings due to apparent safety concerns. He wrote on his website on Wednesday that he “can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time.” He states that “there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups” however that does not eliminate the possibility of privately arranged meet-ups.
New post: ANNOUNCEMENT: The Meetup On February 6 Is Cancelled https://t.co/QyXpL9pVlM
— Roosh (@rooshv) February 4, 2016
Valizadeh has written 15 books, namely instructive books of how to pick-up women, eloquently named “bang guides”. He’s also argued on his blog that rape should be legal on private property and has subsequently received plenty of backlash from feminists, women, men, and pretty much any type of person that doesn’t condone rape culture.
A Canadian all-female boxing club vowed to turn up to the Toronto meet-up, ready to fight. This was in response to Valizadeh’s promise to film feminists who crashed the meet-ups, in which he would share the footage with his online followers to “tear them up” afterwards. A spokesperson for the club stated that “The photos of us will show women that being powerful is an option” and not a threat of violence.
Following a doxing by Anonymous, Valizadeh tweeted that he was concerned for the safety of his family, after their details were made public online. However, whilst no one deserves to be harassed and harmed, the irony seems to be lost on him. Those that oppose these misogynist, rape advocates – such as Valizadeh – aren’t going to target undeserving members of his family, particularly the female members. “Whatever I’ve done in life, they don’t deserve to be harassed or harmed.” He tweets. And neither do the innocent women he’s dedicated his career to violating.