Opinion

The epidemic of pro-rape hate speech

When a man suggests ideas for ways to prevent rape, I would usually want to listen to his ideas, because it shows that men care about the issue just as much as women. This is not always the case, however.

Daryush Alizadeh, otherwise known as Roosh Valizadeh or Roosh V, is an American ‘pickup artist’ known for his “meninist” group (a meninist is a man who fights for the “equal rights” of men) and website called Return of Kings. His website is full of hate speech toward women and includes many different articles written by himself and his fans. Some of these articles include “Why Women Shouldn’t Work,” “Men Should Start Taping Sex With a Hidden Camera,” “5 Reasons to Date a Girl With an Eating Disorder,” and “Street Harassment Is a Myth Invented by Socially Retarded White Women.” While some of these titles may seem like jokes, I assure you that they are 100% serious.

I first heard about Roosh V when a friend of mine shared a video of his on Facebook. The video featured Roosh saying that “Fat girls are simply unattractive, so don’t waste your time with a fat chick” and “legalize rape so less women will be raped.” At first, I really thought this was a joke, so I decided to go on his website to see if this was for real, and why someone would find the need to say those things. It turns out that, yes, Roosh V is a real guy with a real hatred for women — and he has supporters.

On February 6, 2016, Roosh V had organized “tribal meetings” in over 43 countries to have his supporters meet up and talk about how great it is to be a meninist. Roosh ultimately decided to cancel these meetings because he was worried about the safety of his followers in light of the outcry against them. This is ironic given that he is the man who proposed rape should be legalized, but he is scared of violence against his followers and fellow men. Interesting.

I was curious to find out more about what would actually be going on at said meetings. Basically, they consist of a bunch of men talking at bars about how amazing men are, and how horrible women and feminists are. Some of the frequently asked questions and answers (answered by Roosh V himself) about the meet-ups include:

  • Q: Can I come if I’m a homosexual or transsexual?
  • A: No. This is a meeting for heterosexual men only.
  • Q: What if crazy feminists show up?
  • A: Record them with a camera, upload the footage and email it to me so we can tear them up.
  • Q: Can I bring a female friend, girlfriend, lover, or wife?
  • A: Absolutely not. This meeting is for heterosexual men only.

So while I was already on his website, I decided to look at some more articles to get a sense of what this Roosh guy was actually about. I came across probably the most disturbing article I have ever read in my life, entitled “How To Stop Rape.” You might be confused as to why I called this disturbing, but I’m going to share some quotes from the article to show you what I’m talking about.

Example 1: “I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on a private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not a punishable law when done off public grounds.”

Example 2: “Let’s make rape legal. Less women will be raped because they won’t voluntarily drug themselves with booze and follow strange men into a bedroom, and less men will be unfairly jailed for what was anything but a maniacal alley rape. Until then, this devastating rape culture will continue, and women who we treat as children will continue to act like children.”

So what is Roosh V saying here? Bluntly, he is proposing that rape be legal on private property, because too many women are saying they’ve been raped, and too many men have been unfairly accused and sent to jail because of it. In my opinion, this is disgusting, and the fact that he has said that he wants to make something so real and violent legal truly terrifies me.

There was a huge outcry about this article, so Roosh V “cleverly” put a disclaimer at the top of the article reading “The following article was published as a satirical thought experiment. It’s conclusion is not to be taken literally.” I don’t actually believe this disclaimer, however, because he did not add this until a month and a half after the article was published, and never publicly denied what was said in the article. Good try, Roosh.

All in all, I’m glad, although also really disturbed, that I came across Roosh V and his website, because it’s showed me how some men actually view women. I feel as though before coming across his website, I was unaware of how many men supported rape culture and similar ideas. While I hope that I don’t know anyone who shares ideas with Roosh V, my eyes have truly been opened to how some men view women.