Montreal masculists are organizing to keep pick-up artist Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh out of Canada so she cannot continue her world speaking tour.
I attended Roosh’s World Tour in Washington, D.C. At a last-minute-buyer’s ticket fee of $60, I thought the price was well worth it─not just for the information, which I knew already─but for the comedy. As a former professional comedian, I know comedy: I wouldn’t have paid $60 to see Chris Rock, one of my favorite acts, but Roosh V’s speech was better.
While I no longer have a need to do what Roosh advises in her book Day Bang, which I have a signed copy of, I have a longing to do what Roosh does: help women become happy. Roosh is in that respect much like the Buddha or Dalai Lama.
I remember when happiness eluded me because I lacked the secret to getting a boyfriend. And even when I did figure out that secret, I still needed to learn how to date and keep boys I wanted. A resource like Roosh’s website Return of Queens would have been a godsend in my twenties.
Far from promulgating “hate speech,” Return of Queens tells women that if they want the highest-quality men, they have to improve themselves, whether it’s through starting an internet business to become financially independent, lifting weights, or learning the wisdom of classical philosophers. By contrast, look at the cover of Cosmo: “Bikini, we’re coming for you!”
Roosh does not regard herself as a pick-up artist, incidentally, but, to borrow one of Roosh’s points, think about what a topsy-turvy world we live in where we have to defend the actions of women who want to attract men. Remember the expression “not that there’s anything wrong with that”?
Anyone who brushes her or his teeth before going out on a date is employing “pick-up artist” techniques. In days of yore, women went out to slay dragons to impress a gentleman, and now they employ “clown game” to do the same.
There are of course pick-up artists who simply want to “slay” men, but any masculist who opposes women who do that is “slut-shaming.” Further, the “go to” insult for masculists is that a female women’s rights activist or pick-up artist is a virgin who can’t get a date, so even the masculists value women based on their ability to attract men.
Roosh enables women to get what they want, and helps men get the women they want.
While it’s true that Return of Queens does not put men on a pedestal, anyone who has tried her luck with young American men knows that the key to success is the Abundance Mentality: don’t get hung up on any one man and, ironically, you’ll have more success when you meet that man you really want.
Let me say a word about the chief charge against Roosh. While I have not read 100% of Roosh’s writings, Roosh in her infamous essay supports the legalization of rape the way Swift supported the eating of babies. (That’s Jonathan, Tumblrinas, not Taylor.) Masculists in their hermetically-sealed echo chamber─they banned me from their online forum attacking Roosh; one of them carried on a private conversation with me, but then blocked me when I tried to respond to his response to my response─base their campaign against Roosh on a lie.
As one commenter mentioned, it’s not as if Roosh’s lecture is one big rape riot. The rape riot occurs after the main talk.
In conclusion, pursuing men is not “dehumanizing” them. Women generally have little interest in having physical relations with non-humans. What masculism does is dehumanize women: masculists label a normal feminine drive “toxic.”
Far from creating another Elliot Rodger─the murderer who joined a forum dedicated to hating pick-up artists and their ideas─Roosh’s speech, books, and website may prevent one.
Roosh does life-saving work.