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Poosy Paradise by Roosh V
"Poosy Paradise" by Roosh V

Petition calls for Amazon to stop selling ‘rape books’

Roosh V is a controversial anti-feminist blogger and author who accusers say condones rape

If there ever were a poster boy for misogyny it would be this guy. Roosh V, real name Daryush Valizadeh, is an author and founder of Return of Kings – a blog that has received a fair amount of backlash over the years for posts like “5 Reasons To Date a Girl With An Eating Disorder,” and “How I Tried To Turn A Ho Into a Housewife.”

Roosh has a history of gaining media attention for all the wrong reasons, but in the past week his name has once again hit headlines because of a change.org petition that has called on Amazon to stop selling his books that, they believe, condone rape. His titles such as Bang: More Lays In 60 Days, offer men advice on how to "reclaim" their masculinity. With over 21,000 supporters already, the petition is well on its way to being completed.

Around a month ago, a petition addressed to the Mayor of Toronto asked him to deny Roosh’s visit to Canada. In what he called a “monstrous victory” Roosh gained access, tweeting an image of his face on a flag over the city, but also receiving a pint of beer in his face. His arrival in the country was also met with a protest in Queen’s Park, where activists gathered with signs saying "consent" to show that, despite his entry, Roosh and his attitudes were unwelcome.

It is clear that Roosh V is out to do his best – (or worst, depending on how you look at it) – to become a famous misogynist, but it’s strangely hard to tell if it’s genuine hate for the opposite sex, or simply clickbait material. It doesn’t really matter either way.

Roosh mocks the way bad press has done nothing but boost traffic to his blog, attracting comments from his fans labelling mainstream media as “pulpits for feminist propaganda.” With member profiles on Return of Kings such as “sexist son of a bitch who objectifies women” and a section of the site that asks readers to answer the question “do you agree that most feminists are ugly?” the whole thing seems like a really weird joke. Can anyone really be serious about shit like this?

 

A reporter for Metro US proposed this idea to Roosh, claiming that his telephone manner led her to believe that Roosh purposely writes things simply “to upset people or to get attention.” Roosh said that by striking his readers emotionally, he successfully gets his voice heard amongst the mass of other similar opinions online.

Roosh’s alleged advocation of rape-culture and "neo-masculinity" is a very dangerous aspect of "lad-culture". Roosh had reportedly even began to call for the legalisation of rape on private property, since he believes it would urge a woman to “protect her body in the same manner that she protects her purse and smartphone.” Yes, he compared a woman’s body to an iPhone.

Roosh V has long been the target of protesters, but the latest petition appears to be the only one that will “hit him where it hurts – financially.” Some people have criticised the campaign, claiming that the blogger has a right to a freedom of speech, but petition creator Caroline Charles has told such commenters to “back off” saying that while he may have the right, he is not protected from backlash, or action towards removal of his platform. “This isn’t about banning books,” she writes, “it’s about ensuring he, and Amazon, can’t profit from rape.”