One of them is Daryush "Roosh V" Valizadeh. You may have heard of him before - he runs the reprehensible Return Of Kings website and his own personal blog website under his known name Roosh V. I'm not linking either of them because I don't wish to send over more traffic to their sites although feel free to go to their websites if you absolutely want to. He is known as a pick-up artist who actively teaches men to sexually harass women in order to seduce them. He has gone as far as to suggest that the only way to stop rape is to make rape legal. Don't believe me? Go to an article he wrote called How To Stop Rape. He advocates the legalisation of rape on private property. Needless to say he uses a lot of misogynistic rhetoric to promote his ideas and, astonishingly, make money from either desperate or deeply misogynistic men.
As a summary he and his followers believe:
- Women deserve to be raped
- Women ask for it due to the way they dress and/or behave
- Women deserve to go through sexual violence in order for a man to satisfy his desires
Suffice to say, it's absolutely disgusting. A friend of mine compared him to our Stone Age ancestors but another friend pointed out that that's an insult to them. Roosh V and his supports don't see women as property - they see them as prey. I am potential prey. So is any female member of my family. So are all my female friends. So are all your female friends, your female members of your family. If you're a woman, they see you as prey. This man is a predator grooming other predators. Their inadequacies with women and inability to seduce one through the normal, legal means has turned them into dangerous, vile beings. The things Roosh V teaches at his seminars are hate speech and his promotion for sexual violence against women is monstrous. They wish to harm women for the sake of their own self-gratification. It's mentally disturbing.
As a survivor, I've come across my fair share of people who've been nasty to me because of what I've been through. I've seen people try to excuse rapists (including the ones who raped me) and blame the survivor for "provoking" the attacker. A part of me was shocked that someone like Roosh V can exist and gain a following. It's an insult to me not only as a survivor but as a woman. I am a human being. I should be able to live my life without fear of being attacked because a guy thinks he deserves to enact his desires on me whether I consent or not. I deserve safety and protection. Every woman does. We are not objects to be used as mere cum buckets for men who don't care for anything except getting what they want when they want. My boyfriend wouldn't think of treating me or anyone else in that way. My brothers would never treat anyone in their lives that way. They are real men. Roosh V and his supporters are not.
Whilst I debate whether or not I go to any protests of his seminars in the UK, I absolutely recommend if you wish to see him banned from the UK to sign the petitions going around for that purpose. I want everyone to share this post and get the word out about this sort of rhetoric and how just one survivor feels.
My advice for the supporters of Roosh V - you wish to commit a violent crime against someone else for the sake of your own desires. There's something very wrong with that. You are not on a mission to reclaim masculinity and free men. You are on a destructive path that'll only lead to misery and the annihilation of mankind. Please go get psychological help to resolve your problems.