Man Who Tried to Create Misogyny Movement Cancels Events Out of Fear for Attendees' Safety

Sometimes, irony is so sweet you just want to savor it forever. Case in point: the sad misogynist behind the women-hating meetups that were set to happen this weekend just announced he’s canceling them. And his reason is — get this — he’s worried about threats to attendees’ “safety.” This from a guy who once penned a “satirical” piece about how we should legalize the rape of women “if done on private property.”

Daryush Valizadeh, better known as Roosh V, originally stated that his followers would be taking part in 165 meetings in 43 countries on February 6. The announcement was made on his website, Return of Kings, which is a good place to visit if you want to read a guy so embittered by his confessed inability to get laid that he spends his time railing against “unattractive” and “overweight feminists.” Roosh V and his acolytes are proponents of neomasculinity, a bullshit made-up nothing subscribed to by the “small but vocal collection of men in America today who believe men should be masculine and women should be feminine.”

Today, ROK carried the message that all of its upcoming international meetings have been canceled. Roosh V posted the following:

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.

Which might be true, and will sadly force a lot of guys who live in their moms’ basements to find an alternative way to spend their Saturday. But you don’t have to do much digging on the site to find that those meetings may not have been canceled so much as more covertly planned. One page has a header that reads, “Protocol To Attend Meetups That Now Have Hidden Meeting Locations.” Beneath it, Roosh V writes:

Since this meetup was never intended as a confrontation with unattractive women and their enablers, I’m moving to save as many of these meetups as I can before Saturday so that men can still meet in private away from a loud, obnoxious, dishonest, and potentially violent mob.

It goes on to say:

[Y]ou’ll see that some meetups have had their location removed and have instead been replaced with an email address or two to contact. If you want to attend one of the newly private meetups, send an email to the address(es) proving that you’re one of us.

How to "prove you're one of" these jerks is too boring to go into, but there are ways.

Let this be a heads up to those who had been planning counter protests that this may not truly be the end of this thing. People like the woman in California who the Washington Post notes posted on her Facebook, “A few groups of guys that I know will be showing up to those [meeting] places with baseball bats.”

Or Savoy Howe, who owns and coaches an all-women’s boxing club in Toronto, and has been using the group’s Facebook page to rally fighters for a possible confrontation with the man she calls “Douche V” and his followers. “[W]e would show up wearing boxing gloves and take it from there,” Howe wrote. “Boxing gloves can be provided.”

She notes in a more recent post that the meetings appear to be “going underground,” and as such, is still taking recruits.

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