Posted on | February 4, 2016 | 30 Comments
Wednesday I reported how pickup artist (PUA) Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh provoked feminist hysteria by announcing that fans of his “neo-masculinist” site Return of Kings would hold meetups around the world on Saturday, Feb. 6. The feminist reaction, which deliberately and dishonestly smeared Roosh as an advocate of rape, was so vehement that he decided to cancel the events:
I 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. While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups. The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologize to all the supporters who are let down by my decision.
What was perhaps most remarkable about this was the way in which “mainstream” (i.e., liberal) journalists parrotted feminist propaganda that depicted these meetups as “rape rallies”:
The announcement came after outraged activists around the world planned to protest the event, which Valizadeh claimed included 165 meetings in 43 countries. Politicians on at least three continents said the meetings were unwelcome. The mayor of Melbourne, Australia, even said anyone attending one of Valizadeh’s “Return of Kings” meetups could be charged with trespassing on city property. . . .
“A few groups of guys that I know will be showing up to those [meeting] places with baseball bats,” a California woman opposed to the neo-masculinists wrote on Facebook, a post that Valizadeh then shared with his nearly 20,000 Twitter followers.
And in Toronto, an all-girls boxing club said it would crash a local neo-masculinist meeting — gloves on and ready to rumble.
“Let’s go,” club owner Savoy Howe challenged Valizadeh, according to the Huffington Post. “Get in the ring with me.”
Regardless of your opinion of Roosh or his fans, the so-called “game” of PUAs is about successfully competing against other men for female companionship. The basic idea is, if a woman goes to a bar or a party looking for a hookup, “game” will increase the odds that you will be the lucky winner of that sexual lottery. To condemn PUAs as “misogynists” implies either that (a) casual sex is wrong, or (b) the only reason these men succeed in hooking up with women is because they hate women. As Maetenloch at AOSHQ put it:
So men who seduce women are bad, bad, bad and also rapists. But women who seduce men are merely affirming their natural feminine sexual freedom and fighting back against the patriarchal mores of our culture. Got it.
Feminist rage against PUAs would appear to be an attempt at creating a reversal of the old male chauvinist double-standard wherein (at least according to feminist mythology) the womanizing Lothario was celebrated for his conquests while promiscuous women were denigrated as sluts. In point of fact, civilized Christian people have never condoned fornication or adultery by either men or women; marital loyalty and fidelity were reciprocal obligations binding on both husband and wife. Contrary to what any feminist might claim, there was never a time when the promiscuity of the “lady’s man” was socially condoned by responsible adults. It was only the influence of post-WWII liberalism (we may cite Alfred Kinsey, Wilhelm Reich, Hugh Hefner and Helen Gurley Brown as particular examples of a general trend) that turned the serial seducer into an object of admiration during the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s. To blame “patriarchy” for what was actually a consequence of decadence promoted by the cultural Left is one of the many lies at the core of feminism’s false philosophy. But I digress . . .
Advocates of so-called “pro-sex” feminism celebrate the behavior of promiscuous women as inherently good and “empowering,” while pretending that the male partners of these women are engaged in abusive exploitation. Certainly I would disapprove of my daughters hooking up with random strangers, and I imagine my readers would disapprove of their daughters doing so. My readers, I dare hope, cherish traditional ideals of love and marriage, or if not, at least respect those of us who do cherish such ideals. However, feminists are (a) against love, (b) against marriage, and (c) enthusiastically in favor of random hookups.
“Marriage means rape and lifelong slavery. . . . We reject marriage both in theory and in practice. . . . Love has to be destroyed. It’s an illusion . . . It may be that sex is a neurotic manifestation of oppression. It’s like a mass psychosis.”
— Ti-Grace Atkinson, 1969
“I’ve gone home drunk with someone on the first date — scratch that, the first meeting — and f–ked sweaty until 2 a.m.
“I ‘lost’ my ‘virginity’ at age fifteen and haven’t had the decency to regret it. . . .
“I’ve gone down and dirty with strangers on a crowded dance floor. I’ve played quarters with the wrestling team. Once, I had sex with my girlfriend in a barely hidden doorway. . . .
“And I hereby declare my right to be wild and still maintain my bodily autonomy.”
— Jaclyn Friedman, “In Defense of Going Wild,” in Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti (2008)
Many more feminist sources could be cited to similar effect, but these two — one from a famous early leader of the Women’s Liberation movement and the other by a prominent spokeswoman for 21st-century “Third Wave” feminism — suffice to illustrate the point. Feminists are pro-promiscuity and anti-monogamy, and yet feminists denounce pickup artists for preaching the same degenerate philosophy to men! Indeed, feminists condemn PUAs like Roosh as hate criminals:
The leader of a self-described neo-masculinist movement has cancelled a series of meetings planned for cities worldwide on Saturday because he “can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend”.
Daryush Valizadeh, who goes by the name Roosh V, posted a brief statement on Thursday apologising to his “supporters” whom he said were “let down by my decision”, but said he “could not stop men meeting in private groups”.
Meetings were planned in 43 countries, including Britain, where planned gatherings in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Shrewsbury raised concern among police chiefs and MPs.
Nearly 80,000 people signed an online petition calling for Roosh V’s group, dubbed Return of Kings, to be banned from the UK after they advocated women being banned from voting, described a woman’s value as dependent on her “fertility and beauty”, and that women with eating disorders make the best girlfriends.
Before the events were cancelled, shadow Home Office minister Sarah Champion MP demanded that Theresa May take action against the group using hate crime laws.
“Rape of women has increased by 41% in the last year. I’m appalled that the government are sitting idly by whilst a group who believe women are pieces of meat without any rights are allowed to spread their poisonous ideology in the UK,” she said.
“As far as I’m concerned Return of Kings are encouraging violence against women and girls. This should be viewed as a hate crime and the government and police should use our existing laws to deal with it swiftly to show we won’t accept anyone promoting abuse.”
Does anyone believe the claim by Sarah Champion that British women experienced a 41% increase in rape in the past year? Unless she is referring to crimes committed by the recent influx of Muslim “refugees,” this statistic would seem impossible. When or where did any category of violent crime ever increase 41% in a single year? Not even murders in Baltimore, Chicago or Detroit ever saw such a sudden and dramatic increase. I suspect that Sarah Champion is doing something that feminists always do — lying. If it weren’t for lies, feminists would have nothing to say, because they are incapable of speaking the truth.