I will keep this short and NOT link to the underlying site, since the less publicity the individual behind this vileness receives, the better. Still, it is something that women need to know of both for their own safety and as a focal point for protest should they wish to take action.
On 6 February, an organisation known as Return of Kings will be holding a series of meetings for men who share their views across the world. Lest people think i exaggerate their awfulness you can get a flavour of it here.
“Neo-masculinism” and the legalisation of rape
ROK is the latest and perhaps the most worrying in a string of “neo-masculinist” groups whose broad philosophy is based on the idea that women have gotten too “uppity” and that society needs to go into reverse.
ROK’s founder, US pick-up artist Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh, has gone on record as saying that rape should be legal if “done on private property”; that women are biologically programmed to obey men; and that trans women who have sex with men are rapists.
The arguments are beyond the pale: not worthy of civilised debate.
Be safe: be heard
Still, women need to be aware that they are planning to get together in the UK this weekend for two reasons.
First, extra vigilance: this is male privilege squared. A bunch of individuals getting together around a political banner that claims rape is not just OK, but an act of political affirmation. These are dangerous people and should be regarded as such: at the very least it feels appropriate to alert the local police.
And second, some people may feel sufficiently outraged to go out and make their feelings known. As the organisation of these events makes clear (see below) this nastiness thrives in the shadows, and it is likely that those who subscribe to it would rather NOT be identified publically.
But take care
The event FAQ asks: What if crazy feminists show up?
The answer: “Record them with your camera, upload the footage to Dropbox, and then send it to me at email@example.com afterwards so we can tear them up.” [my emphasis]
They add: “If accosted during the meetup, travel to the final venue in pairs or triplets using an indirect route so the final location is not compromised (make sure you are not followed). While I wouldn’t mind a bit of excitement, there is currently zero chatter online that a single meetup will be disrupted.”
Hopefully, that is about to change.
In the shadows
According to the ROK blog, those wishing to attend these proto-rallies should attend one of the assembly points listed below between 8.00pm and 8.20pm on 6 February.
They must then address the following question to any man they suspect of being there for the meetup: “Do you know where I can find a pet shop?”
Or alternatively, if asked this question, the individual is advised to answer in the affirmative: “Yes, it’s right here”. They can then introduce themselves and get details about where to proceed at 8:20pm.
Oh…and as the event FAQ makes clear, only heterosexual men need apply: no women, no homosexuals, no transexuals.
According to the ROK notice, locations where men are advised to turn up are:
- Cardiff – Beside female statue in front of Hilton Cardiff on Friary Road.
- Edinburgh – Covenanter’s Memorial in Grassmarket
- Glasgow – George Square. Meet by the tall obelisk statue.
- Leeds – The center of Millenium Square
- London – Royal Airforce Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park (Hyde Park Corner side)
- London – In front of Royal Exchange beside horseman statue (outside “Bank” tube station)
- Manchester – In front of the main entrance to Sinclair’s Oyster Pub
- Newcastle – Beside Grey’s monument
- Shrewsbury – Frankwell car park, bottom of the pedestrian walkway.
Feel free to spread the word!