In this modern era, most civilized people realize that gender equality is a positive for the world. They realize that women’s rights and agency are just as important as that of men, and that men aren’t “lessened” or “weakened” by that being acknowledged. While a lot of progress remains to be made, great strides have been made toward equality, and the advent of actual functional equality is a realistic and attainable goal.
However, the closer civilization gets to solving problems, the more the barbarians try to tear things down and go back to the bad old days.
Nowadays, the barbarians don’t wear animal skins and wave battle axes. They look like everyone else and their weapons are, more often than not, keyboards and cowardly rhetoric. We have several examples of this type beating their chests in the Republican debates and the propaganda attendant to their campaigns, but they’re not the most pernicious and extreme.
One example of the monstrosities out there is a waste of biological mass called Daryush Valizadeh, also known as Roosh V and Roosh Vorek. He’s American, born in Washington, D.C., and he’s possibly one of the most unabashedly homophobic and transphobic people you could run across. One can pretty easily assume where his political home lies. He and Trump would be bosom buddies.
In a March 2012 report on “The Year in Hate and Extremism”, the Southern Poverty Law Center included Daryush in a list of “manosphere” sites which it described as hateful and misogynistic. In response to criticism, the SPLC later clarified that it was not labeling the sites as members of a hate movement, but wished to draw attention to “specific examples of misogyny and the threat, overt or implicit, of violence”. In February 2014, The Daily Dot magazine named Daryush “The Web’s most infamous misogynist” and observed “his extraordinarily vitriolic and misogynistic views about women and society as a whole”.
Like his fellow trash, Jeff Allen, Daryush has picked himself up a ban from visiting Australia. Personally, I’d prefer if America went a step further and “disinvited” this jerk from occupying the same soil as me, but I guess we have to take our victories where we can get them.
In February 2015, Daryush was criticized for a blog post that he wrote, titled “How To Stop Rape,” criticizing “rape culture” rhetoric in which he said that, if rape was legalized on private property, women would take greater precautions against being victimized, and those same precautions could prevent them from suffering other unwanted sexual experiences. He claimed he was not actually advocating rape, but rather pointing out that if women took greater responsibility for their sexual decisions, especially when drunk, many regretful outcomes could be avoided. This, of course, completely ignored the male responsibility not to be a rapist in the first place; I’m sure it was just an oversight.
Daryush said in the post:
“If rape becomes legal under my proposal, a girl will protect her body in the same manner that she protects her purse and smartphone. If rape becomes legal, a girl will not enter an impaired state of mind where she can’t resist being dragged off to a bedroom with a man who she is unsure of—she’ll scream, yell, or kick at his attempt while bystanders are still around. If rape becomes legal, she will never be unchaperoned with a man she doesn’t want to sleep with. After several months of advertising this law throughout the land, rape would be virtually eliminated on the first day it is applied.”
Alex Wellman at the Daily Mirror wrote “a self-styled pick-up guru appears to have called for rape to be legalised in certain situations so that women learn to protect their bodies”. S. E. Smith at the online magazine xoJane asserted that “we need to talk openly not just about how many MRAs like Daryush promote rape and violence against women, but how many of them may be rapists themselves”. Daryush has since said that the post was meant as satire, which is typical of a criminal trying to avoid the consequences of his actions.
Now he’s calling for a international rally, a “meet-up day“, in favor of his misogynistic rape-positive movement. It’s a sign that he knows just how repulsive it is, how monstrous his attitudes are, how counter to decent human behavior his philosophy is, that his rally plan has a stupid little sign-countersign gimmick so that one rape-enthusiast will be able to tell his other rape-enthusiasts from regular decent people. I’m not one to give people ideas, but if I were, I’d say it’d be a nifty idea to have a number of us more decent humans show up for the listed events, engage in “vigorous debate” and/or recordings of the behavior and attitudes expressed at them (with an eye towards publishing them publicly with names attached if possible), and include the authorities in the festivities. After all, hate speech is illegal, as is speech intended to incite violence against others… and my friends, this sure as hell qualifies.
Spread the word, and if you know someone who might be thinking of attending one of these rallies as an interested party, I’d reconsider knowing them.