Daryush ‘Roosh V’ Valizadeh, a pick-up artist and supposed men’s rights activist, has asked his followers to “come out of the shadows and not have to hide behind a computer screen for fear of retaliation”. The advertisement, titled ‘Return of the Kings’ refers to an event being held in 43 countries across the world.
To make it easy for the men to identify with each other, they’re supposed to ask each other, “Do you know where I can find a pet shop?” If the answer is, “Yes, it’s right here”, they’re talking to a man with similar beliefs. All attendees have to get to the locations between 8 PM to 8:20 PM because the real locations are secret and the men will be taken there together. Miss the time, and you’ve missed the event.
According to Roosh:
By attempting to teach men not to rape, what we have actually done is teach women not to care about being raped, not to protect themselves from easily preventable acts, and not to take responsibility for their actions … I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds.
Valizadeh believes that if his suggestions on the legalization of rape on private property are taken seriously, rapes would stop happening because “a girl will protect her body in the same manner that she protects her purse and smartphone”.
Valizadeh has earlier faced criticism for his Return of the Kings blog, which regularly publishes offensive, misogynist, and pro-rape material. However, the event (so far) is being promoted more as a way for “masculine men to regularly bond and converse with each other” (termed ‘tribal meeting’).