'Pro-rape' pick-up artist cancels meet up

Daryush Valizadeh, or Roosh V, has organised "tribal meetings" for his followers across 45 countries. Photo / Instagram
Daryush Valizadeh, or Roosh V, has organised "tribal meetings" for his followers across 45 countries. Photo / Instagram

A misogynist whose comments on rape and women's rights has cancelled a meet-up day which was set to take place in more than 40 countries, including New Zealand.

His website Return of Kings, tweeted the cancellation today.


Earlier, Daryush Valizadeh, or Roosh V, sparked global criticism has launched a vile attack on female journalists asking him for interviews.

He had recently made his way into the limelight by organising 165 'tribal meetings' for his small number of 'neomasculine' followers across 45 countries - including Australia and New Zealand.

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After the 36-year-old threatened to come to Australia, prompting an uprising from members of the community who believe his teachings advocate rape and violence against women, respected female journalists from various Australian media outlets approached the 36-year-old for comment.

The former microbiologist responded to a number of requests either asking for them to perform sex acts or send pictures so he could judge how attractive they are, and subsequently what he thinks they are "worth".

Following a Ten News bulletin on Tuesday night that condemned the pseudo pick-up artist's teachings, Valizadeh tweet an image of Candice Wyatt with the comment "would bang".


Wyatt - who is experienced in print, radio and television - graduated from Deakin University and became a news presenter for Melbourne's Ten Eyewitness News in 2014.

But according to Valizadeh, that is of little relevance as he does not respect women in the industry.

When Channel Nine Perth crime reporter Alice Pooley, who has a degree in psychology and broadcast journalism, asked a question he declined to answer as the experienced journalist is female.

'I don't respect the work of female journalists. Interview denied,' he proudly tweeted.


Kathryn Wicks, for the Sydney Morning Herald, was also met with a distasteful reply when she attempted to arrange for reporter Phoebe Maloney to interview the American rape advocate.

'I'd be more than happy to conduct an interview. The only condition is that People s*** my d*** while massaging my hairy b****. Let me know when she's free for that,' he responded to her email.

The Guardian, Vice and a male Buzzfeed reporter have also had similar results when approaching Valizadeh for comment.


Valizadeh has now been forced "underground" after a spate of protests to counter his "tribal meetings" started gaining international traction.

While he first asked participants to use code-words to identify other men involved in the "private happy hour for straight men", he has now stipulated that men will only be able to find out the location of his secret meetings if they have commented, had an account with his website or purchased his book before January 15.

The 36-year-old has 15 self-published books, many of which have been widely condemned as "rape guides" by media, residents and politicians who live in the countries he is writing about.

Valizadeh regularly attacks women on his Twitter account and also runs a YouTube channel that has 19,000 subscribers.

His website Return of Kings publishes articles written by Valizadeh and a "small but vocal" collection of men who hope to bring an end to America's "politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men".

The website publishes a string of "neomasculine" articles that claims women should not work, women should have their behaviour and decisions 'controlled by men' and has even encouraged males to record consensual sex with a hidden camera to ensure they are not "falsely accused of rape".

Other articles claim that one in four women are "certifiably mentally ill" and should not be unable to live autonomously in today's society.

His sexist values have seeped into the vast majority of the content, which sometimes focuses on the "shortfalls" multiculturalism or homosexuality as opposed to how women's "impulsive and illogical behaviour" mean they should submit to men.

He and his followers claim to believe that a woman's value "significantly depends on her fertility and beauty", while a man's centres on his "resources, intellect, and character".

In 2015 Valizadeh wrote one of his more offensive and reviled articles - 'How to Stop Rape' - where he claims that the American government should legalise rape on private property.

He said this will force women to take more responsibility for their own safety and put the onus on them to protect their body like they would a "purse or 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," Valizadeh said.

"If rape becomes legal, she will never be unchaperoned with a man she doesn't want to sleep with."

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