Last week there was a big uproar on social media about Roosh V from ReturnoftheKings.com and several books about pulling wool in 2nd world nations hosting meetups across the world. The media presented this non-event as a series of “legalize rape rallies” and referred to Roosh over and over as “pro-rape blogger”. Roosh responded the other day with a 30 minute press conference where he basically tears the bullshit clickbait media to shreds…it is pretty funny.
Of course this news had the expected results – outrage, “omg, I can’t even!”, people wanting to go to these locations to beat up “pro-rape people”, people posting white knight shit looking for pats on the back, etc, etc. Roosh himself was doxxed and I believe his parents were as well, which came along with the usual death threats and other hijinks.
Now this Roosh guy is a pretty big deal on the internet and has been for quite a while now. I think he’s one of the bigger if not the biggest names in the “manosphere” and “pick up artist” community. I’m not going to say that I completely *get* these worlds or Roosh, but I’ve seen enough to have something of a feel for it and him. He’s made a name for himself by pushing buttons of the feminist and/or social justice warrior world. I believe immediately before this he declined an interview with some silly news outlet unless the reporter offered to give him a blow job.
While there is an element of “trolling” to ROK, it’s not entirely without substance. There is some good food for thought on issues that are uncomfortable to discuss for most such as gender roles, multiculturalism and challenging the liberal stranglehold on dialog in this country (i.e. the “SJW’s” who shame the world into accepting their narrative). I think the thing that endears Roosh & Co. to their readers is that although men whisper about these topics among ourselves, they’re out in the open and being brazen about these views. Although I don’t count myself as one of ROK’s fans (or detractors) and I have some reservations about the manosphere/pick up artist world, I think it IS a valuable service to speak up and challenge views that most people take for granted, regardless of what those views are.
So on to the article that got Roosh all the bad press….
About a year ago he put out an article where he said that rape should be legal on private property. I remember seeing this article about three months ago and was able to easily tell that it was satire with maybe a dash of confrontational bravado. The point of the article was valid – if women don’t want to be raped, they should think twice about doing things like hanging out with sketchy people, getting wasted and going to sketchy places and the belief that the law will protect them takes away an element of self-responsibility to not put yourself in bad situations.
The response to this article was predictably “Are you saying it’s womens’ fault???!?!” and “Why don’t you just tell men to not rape women!?!!?”. Both valid points/questions, but I think the point being made was that if the kind of people talking about “rape culture”, misogyny and male privilege put that kind of effort into convincing other women to not do stupid things and put themselves in vulnerable situations by say, getting trashed at a frat party or going back to “party” with a bunch of people you just met at the bar, I’m sure the number of rapes would decrease. Yes, you could tell men to stop raping people (and of course that is said all the time and yes it is important to say), but if I were a woman, I’d rather trust my ability to avoid potentially dangerous situations over trusting that someone else has had “don’t rape” ingrained into them. If I remember the article right, Roosh was taking it in a direction that he feels like the people who talk the most about stopping rape seem to be more concerned with having an axe to grind with men over practical solutions to the problem.
Overall, I thought he made a pretty valid point in his satirical article. I also think it’s a bigger problem in American society that people who claim to want problems solved seem to get hung up on throwing blame on whoever they see as being responsible over finding real solutions. For example, many people who claim to be concerned about the environment live a lifestyle not all that dissimilar from the SUV driving evil Republicans in the suburbs who they view as the culprit but since they think the right thoughts and hope that the government/big business will fix the problem, they’re part of the solution. For the Black Lives Matter people it’s easier to annoy regular middle class white people (which yeah, I admit IS funny) than to address dysfunction within their own community that costs way more black lives than wrongful police shootings. We could go on with more examples of this kind of behavior….
I think I will go on with one more example that Roosh points out in the video… Right now there’s a plague of rapes in Europe caused by the wave of migrants that flooded in over the summer and previous Islamic immigration. Sweden now has one of the world’s highest rape rates. Just the other day a 10 year old boy was raped by an Iraqi refugee in Austria. It’s a difficult subject for the media to address because it goes against their narrative, but attacking a guy with a blog is a lot easier. The same people who post clickbait articles about male privilege and microaggressions aren’t touching this with a 10 foot pole. Good point, Roosh.
Anyways, back to the press conference video… It’s worth a watch. On some levels I lose a bit of sympathy for Roosh since part of his persona was to push these people’s buttons but he does a good job of calling these people out on their bullshit and let them know what kind of damage they did to him.
As far as Roosh goes, I think he’s fortunate that most of the outrage over his existence is a mile wide and an inch deep, just like a lot of other issues that come up in our media-concocted “Two Minutes Hate” each day. By that I’m sure most of the people that say this saw nothing more than a headline and started foaming at the mouth (which of course IS understandable if you really think there’s a pro-rape rally in your town) and then in a week or so when someone else gets into their cross hairs, even more people will forget about it. He’ll probably always have some level of fallout from this event, but the short attention spans that the media and their outrage culture have created will work in his benefit in the long run.
Here’s the video…