Sexual harassment is not something to take lightly. There are women, and men, every day, scared to go out in public, because of sexual harassment that has scarred them. I know I’m not alone in saying there are certain cities that I refuse to step foot in, or areas that I avoid. I once quit my job because a man who had molested me stopped in to say ‘hi’ to me, and knew I was working there. Why? Because rape is a really big deal.
However, Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh shares a very different opinion. Roosh V is a misogynistic blogger who has taken it upon himself to “make rape legal”.
I’m sorry, what?
He has called his followers to arms, figuratively, telling them that they shouldn’t hide who they are any more out of fear of retaliation. He has set up 165 events over 43 countries for the same time this coming Saturday, February 6th. Women and members of the LGBTQ community have been banned from these events.
He is arguing that “by attempting to teach men not to rape, what we have actually done is teach women not to care about being raped, not to prevent themselves from easily preventable acts, and not take responsibility for their actions.” He says that rape should be made legal, as long as it is done on private property.
However, he even SAYS that rape is violent. “I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds.”
I’m sorry, Roosh, but can you hear yourself? Do you understand how sick you sound?
One of these “meetings” is taking place in the city I live in, minutes from where many people I care about live. This makes me uncomfortable. Women are already terrified to leave their homes. And now what you’re proposing is for women to be terrified even when we are home?
This is absolutely disgusting, and terrifying. I absolutely do not support this, and I think that women deserve to feel safe. This does not make us feel safe.
For a full list of locations of where these heinous meetings will be taking place this Saturday, click here.
UPDATE: Roosh V announces canceling of events this weekend due to safety concerns.
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