Roosh the Douche – The Guy Who Wants to Legalize Rape

-Disclaimer- I wrote this for a news media site, missed the bid, and didn’t want to discard due to rage, so, here it is.

‘Neo-masculinist’ Daryush Valizadeh, better known to the internet as “Roosh V” announced Wednesday that he had to cancel his “International Tribal Meet-up Day,” according to DNAinfo Chicago.

Roosh V’s “men’s rights” group rally (I’m laughing as I type this) involves followers of the Return of Kings blog who were supposed to meet up to worship the “mastermind” himself, Roosh V.

This dickwad, who isn’t a “King” in any form, no matter what his blog may profess, has publicly argued for legalizing rape on private property.

This is how he justified it:

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.

Later on, Roosh V claimed that the post was satirical, but if you take a look at his blog, you may find his original comments weren’t so off from what he writes about on Return of Kings.

And if you’re a female who frequents his site, you’ve gotta show him the goods if you want a reply to your message. WTF?!

Better yet, his Twitter may just be another indication of how misogynistic he really is:

Via Twitter @Rooshv

Via Twitter @Rooshv

Many sexual violence advocates threatened to stage counter-protests if the event took place.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) said the group wasn’t welcome in his state.

The Governor gave a statement, claiming:

I’ve spent much of my career protecting women from such vile and heinous acts, and it won’t be any different on my watch as governor.

Well, he sure doesn’t make it difficult to hate him with a face like that. Can you say eww?! This is the guy giving 10s of thousands of men advice on how to pick up women… My goodness. I think he needs to learn how to pick up a mirror, because he isn’t too pretty himself.

The meet-up was even rejected internationally in countries like Germany and Canada.

A group of female boxers from Toronto, ON., Canada even said they were going to confront the group when they came to meet in the city.

Hacker/activists called Anonymous even threatened to take the Return of Kings blog down, due to it’s disgusting content. (Secretly I kind of hope they do…)

You know, it must suck to feel so emasculated by confident women that you devote your life to tearing them down. They say the men with the tiniest penises are usually the ones most threatened by female empowerment. I can’t say I disagree.

All I can say is, the misogyny is strong with this one.

Feature Image via Rooshv.com.

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Eileen Myles and “Gender Vacationing”

Okay, so that was an incredibly long and unplanned hiatus.  I’ve been freelancing a lot lately, and I just started a new semester at uni.  Busy is the name of the game. Also, my fear of publishing seems to take over a lot. So even the things I do write usually don’t make it into the ‘published’ pile.

That having been said, I read this interesting article last night, and I thought I would share my thoughts on it here.

Not only does this woman embody my political views to a tee, she sums them up much better than I ever could.

But more importantly, she raised a really interesting point:

When asked about the possibility of transitioning to male, as well as her love of females and femaleness, Myles said:

“Well, I think one can be more male and keep the vagina. More appealing to me than making any kind of permanent decision would be if you could kind of lean this way and then lean that way and have gender be a kind of vacationing.”

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For some reason, that statement captured my attention.  Not because I personally feel inclined to “gender vacation,” per se, but because I think it’s a great idea and a rather appropriate term for the concept.

Despite the progress of trans rights and trans acceptance, we are still very much inclined to the default of binary thinking in regards to gender and gender expression.  At large, I believe society is more comfortable with accepting transgender people because many view it in terms of an individual being born into a sexed body that they feel is opposite from the gender their soul embodies.  It’s still largely viewed in terms of a binary, male/female, black/white type of thinking.  We have been so conditioned as humans to think in terms of categories, and always inside the box.

I’m not saying the experiences of transgender folks such as the one mentioned above aren’t valid, okay, or meaningful.  No, that’s not what I’m saying at all.  I think they matter and are very important to discuss.  I have friends with experiences just like that. But I also think there are a variety of different experiences had by trans folks.

But society at large still isn’t at okay with the idea of being flexible in regards to gender.  It’s assumed we have to choose one.  We can’t have our cake and eat it too. Well, what if we could?

Like Myles imagines, a way of leaning this way or that way, of being flexible and free-flowing and overlapping in terms of gender.  Not having to “choose” one, not having to conform to pre-determined gender roles set out by society.  No meeting a socially acceptable ideal, or molding yourself into anything unnatural.

Gender doesn’t need to be all or nothing, black or white.  We don’t have to be a man or a woman.  Why can’t we be both, and why can’t it be okay? Why can’t we embody certain characteristics, and enjoy the overlapping tendencies of each?

But even so, theorizing gender as one or the other is at large a problem in itself.  It perpetuates the binary of male/female.  We are human, and we are more than just two characteristics.  I think that is the true premise of Myles’ idea of gender vacationing.

We need to reject the notion of the gender binary as the only way to be.  Like the cognitive dissonance many people are faced with when they are unable to slot someone into the only two categories we are able to conceptualize.  If we reject this mindset and work to cease viewing people in only one of two ways, we may be surprised to find that we open ourselves up to seeing the individual in an infinite number of ways.  We may also find that we judge each other a little less and begin to see people for themselves, rather than the gendered bodies they inhabit.

Myles reminds me of Judith Butler in a way, and I think coffee with the two of them would be my idea of the best day ever.

Photo Attribution: Andrew T. Warman for the New York Times.