All-male group Return of Kings, which advocates making rape of women legal, set to meet in Australia

By @chelean on
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People hold placards as they take part in a rally in central Warsaw, March 8, 2009. Several thousand people gathered in Poland capital to mark International Women's Day on Sunday. The placards read, "Stop feminism". Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Pro-rape advocates Return of Kings will meet in different locations in Australia on Saturday. The all-male members of the controversial group, which believes rape should be made legal, will meet each other for the first time.

Return of Kings, which has over 12,000 likes on Facebook and is described as anti-women, is planning the assembly at Hyde Park in Sydney, at the Picnic benches in front of the Coogee Pavilion on Coogee Beach, at the Brighton Le Sands beach in Sydney, in the middle of King George Square in front of the City Hall in Brisbane, in the middle of Federation Square also in Brisbane, and at the Ocean Beach Hotel in Perth. The Australian gatherings are included in the 165 meetings the group will held in 43 countries on the same day, all at 8 p.m. local time.

Only heterosexual males are allowed in the gathering; homosexuals, transsexuals and females are prohibited from joining. The group even has its own coded question for those who are genuinely meeting with their fellow members.

“To identify your fellow tribesmen, ask the following question to a man you suspect is there for the meetup: ‘Do you know where I can find a pet shop?’ If you are asked this question, answer in the affirmative: ‘Yes, it’s right here,’” the instruction on its website reads.

And if “crazy feminists” show up in their meetup, the men are advised to record the feminists with their camera and upload the footage online “so we can tear them up.”

The group is organised by US-based “neomasculinist” Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh, whose “How to Stop Rape” piece has ignited condemnations and debates from both genders. According to his article, the solution to stopping the rape of women is to make rape legal.

“I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property,” Valizadeh wrote, reasoning out that if rape becomes legal, then women will protect their body in the same manner that they protect their physical belongings.

“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,” he continued, apparently confident that rape would be eliminated if his proposal is approved.

For women who encounter unsavoury circumstances, Valizadeh believed that it could be learning experiences for them. As he said, eradicating rape laws would benefit honest men who fear imprisonment over sleeping with an intoxicated girl. His proposal basically throws the onus of trusting men on women.

Some other articles in the group’s website and which were written by different contributors, claim that men who date fat women are responsible for increasing obesity rates, women should not be allowed to vote, and that young girls are better than older women.

One of the community beliefs of the group states that a woman’s value depends on her “fertility and beauty,” whereas the value of a man depends on his “resources, intellect and character.”

Update Feb. 9, 2016:

Validazeh has cleared that the “How to Stop Rape” article was a satire and he and his group do not advocate rape. This article was published before his tweet about the same.