Anti-Feminist Blog for ‘Masculine’ Men to Rally Supporters in Dupont

by Andrew Ramonas February 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm 16 Comments

International Tribal Meetup Day (Photo via Return of Kings)

If a man asks you where to find a pet shop in Dupont Circle this weekend, you might have stumbled across a follower of a controversial men’s rights blog for “heterosexual, masculine” males.

Return of Kings is calling on its adherents to converge outside the Starbucks at 1501 Connecticut Ave. NW Saturday from 8 to 8:20 p.m. as part of the blog’s “International Tribal Meetup Day.”

Once at the D.C. location or 164 other spots around the world, men who ask, “Do you know where I can find a pet shop?” and hear, “Yes, it’s right here,” from a man will receive directions to the site of a meeting for Return of Kings readers.

“The tribal meeting will allow masculine men to regularly bond and converse with each other while providing support in the case conflict or disturbances affect their city or nation,” says Return of Kings owner Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh, who is slated to attend the D.C. meetup.

According to a frequently asked questions section about the meetup day, women are “absolutely not” permitted and men shouldn’t worry too much about a “secret feminist agent” trying to hijack a meeting.

But if a “crazy” feminist shows up, Valizadeh says he’ll be ready to fight.

“Up to now, the enemy has been able to exert their power by isolating us and attacking with shrieking mobs, but we’ll be able to neutralize that tactic by amassing in high numbers come February 6,” he says online. “I will exact furious retribution upon anyone who challenges you in public on that date (remember to record them). Therefore let the sixth of February be a clear signal to all that we’re not going anywhere.”

Photo via Return of Kings

  • Popeye

    This is pretty hilarious. These tough guys with mommy issues apparently feel the need to hide in the shadows so their girlfriends and wives don’t know they’re meeting with other manly men.

  • Gmac

    They actually endorse the meetings.

  • KibblesAhoy

    I want to dislike these guys, but I can only pity them. Imagine what kind of an isolated, unhappy childhood you’d have to have to become such a hateful misanthrope.

  • Robby/FatGirlvsWorld

    I am willing to bet some guys will go simply out of curiosity. But I implore them to not associate with these ignorant shitheads.

    • Robby/FatGirlvsWorld

      Now that I’m on a computer — a few more thoughts… (which I’ve cross-posted on twitter/fb)

      So the website Return of Kings (nope, I’m not going to link it, but I will link to a Jezebel post about the site (jezebel.com/ladies-quit-paying-attention-to-this-vile-troll-websit-1469942571 )) is calling for an international day of “tribal meetings” (http://archive.is/lhMKP) where men can feel free to discuss things affecting their masculinity without fear of being confronted/challenged for their feelings/beliefs. They are more than just trolls, and they aren’t just satirists. They are part mens’ rights activists (MRAs), part pickup artists (PUAs), and all around pieces of shit (POS).

      Their leader, a DMV (DC/MD/VA) local who I will call Douche V, is anti-feminist (especially male feminists), misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, fat-shaming, racist, and an overall shitty example of a human being. This site, Douche V, and all of his followers represent a terrifying challenge to the rights and agency of women as well as the safety and rights of LGBTQ* populations among other things. Instead of promoting mens’ issues (like equal paternity leave, equal rights re custody of children), they seek to strip women of many of their hard-fought rights — like the right to feel safe while walking down the street.

      They seem to resent that women have evolved past their submissive, diminutive, deferential, dependent-on-men natures into fully realized human beings capable of making her own decisions. Well why did that happen? Not just because women changed– **the world changed (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_feminism) ** — and women had to change with it. It’s called *evolution*.

      Recently Douche V’s wrote a post about “How to Stop Rape” in which he not just turns back the clock on affirmative consent (“yes means yes”) as well as consent in general (“no means no”), he smashes the clock to bits in writing:

      *If rape becomes legal under my proposal, a girl will protect her body in the same manner that she protects her purse and smartphone. If rape becomes legal, a girl will not enter an impaired state of mind where she can’t resist being dragged off to a bedroom with a man who she is unsure of—she’ll scream, yell, or kick at his attempt while bystanders are still around. If rape becomes legal, she will never be unchaperoned with a man she doesn’t want to sleep with. After several months of advertising this law throughout the land, rape would be virtually eliminated on the first day it is applied.*


      And so … I’m calling on all men to stand up and call a spade a spade, or more accurately calling out this site, Douche V, and their followers for what they are: assholes who are doing harm to women, the LGBTQ* community, and even the vulnerable young men who go to their site to find advice.

      It’s not enough to silently oppose men who support this ignorant, perverted, and distorted view of reality and actively speak up about what it means to be a decent person, a decent *man* in 2016.

      The 2/6/16 DC rendezvous location is less than 3 blocks from my home, and in the historic epicenter of queer DC, Dupont Circle (the Starbucks north of the circle). I will not change my schedule, my paths, my plans to steer clear of these dillholes. And part of me wants to have a sign that says “Return of Kings? More like Idiots that Don’t Deserve To Be Fucked (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysistrata).” The other part of me wants to carry around my softball bat. …. but I digress …

      • Popeye

        I wouldn’t spend too much energy worrying about Douche V and his followers. The simple fact is that they are a small and shrinking minority of men (at least in this country). They know their views are – in today’s world – extreme and not widely-held. That’s why they have the weird secrecy and paranoia about non-believers sneaking in and exposing them.

        • Robby/FatGirlvsWorld

          But that minority is a scary one. Especially when you look at the violence committed against women who refuse the advances of men (RoK talks a lot about pickip artist skills).

        • gutsgutslifelife

          Is this really a :small and shrinking minority of men?

          I think that there is growing discontentment among American men. It has never been more important for a man to be good looking than it is now. Many men are effectively shut out of dating because they just aren’t good looking or charming enough. These men’s greatest problem is a feeling of being held to unattainable standards, which really is a feminist issue. I would venture to say that Men’s Rights Activists should reframe their arguments as feminism. More people would take them seriously.

  • John A. Bartelloni

    A strong man should not fear a strong woman and vice versa. I am fairly supportive of most women’s issues. Does this mean that someone will try to fight me?

    • Fenriss

      No, sir. Not this feminist! 🙂

    • AK

      Absolutely. 100 percent. That is wholly the idea behind identity politics. Divide, divide, divide…foment fear/hate/paranoia/envy/resentment. And when you have absolutely ZERO legitimate grievances, manufacture crises that would put Orwellian societies to shame — e.g. the invention of “microagressions.”

  • Sean Kennedy

    This will be more fun to watch than the superbowl

  • John Smith 1882

    So as a guy, I can go and redirect men towards, say, the local police station?

  • Knuckleheadboy

    He’s right, he isn’t going anywhere.

  • IS there a local women’s boxing club? That scared off the NYC meetup. Such courageous masculine men! http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/02/pro-rape-meet-up-canceled-over-safety-concerns.html


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