• Roosh V, leader of Return of Kings, biggest douche ever. (YouTube)Source: YouTube
Rape is wrong. We all know that. Well except for Roosh V, leader of "Return of Kings", committed to legalising rape on private property. This organisation will be holding rallies all over the world this weekend, with six to be held in Australia alone. Sign a petition to stop the rallies.
Shami Sivasubramanian

3 Feb 2016 - 1:36 PM  UPDATED 3 Feb 2016 - 10:53 PM

On Saturday, 6 February, gatherings of cisgender straight men will be held all around the world, rallying to legalise rape on private property. These men belong to a group called "Return of Kings", a neomasculinity cult which until now lived solely online. But now they've decided to meet in person, the group has faced backlash.

Here are eight things you need to know about them.

And why you need to care.


1. A petition trying to stop the meetings has recieved over 20,000 signatures.

A change.org petition aiming to prevent the meetings from taking place in Sydney has amassed more than 23,000 signatures. To add yours click here.


Last year, Canada created a similar petition seeking to ban the global leader of the group from entering their country. It gained more than 40,000 signatures.


2. Return of Kings might be based in the US, but has a growing international following.

Return of Kings (ROK) is an American-based online community preaching neomasculinity, which is the belief that gender and sex is binary - that "men should be masculine and women should be feminine" in the stereotypical sense. ROK uses this definition to breed hate, vilify homosexuals and transgender people, and even uses their philosophy to legitimise rape.

The group claims followers from more than 43 countries.

Legalising rape on private property is a key mission of the community, who believe that a woman's value is solely based on her beauty, fertility, and ability to be subservient to men.

They operate primarily through their blog, returnofkings.com.


3. Their leader is the biggest douche ever.

Daryush "Roosh V" Valizadeh, 36, is the founder and publisher of ROK's website. He grew up in Maryland on the east coast of America, has a degree in microbiology from the University of Maryland, and worked professionally as an industrial microbiologist. On face value that seems rather respectible.

However, ROK is not Roosh's first foray into neomasculine blogging. Years ago, whilst still working as a microbiologist, he began a local blog in Maryland called DC Bachelor that promoted misogyny. He then quit his job as an industrial microbiologist and published a how-to book called Bang, teaching men the art of "picking up girls and getting laid".  

His personal website features clips from the few interviews he has had with the media.


4. The organisation's beliefs reek of sexism and misogyny.

The ROK website's 'About' section lists seven principle tenets:

1. Men and women are genetically different, both physically and mentally. Sex roles evolved in all mammals. Humans are not exempt.

2. Men will opt out of monogamy and reproduction if there are no incentives to engage in them.

3. Past traditions and rituals that evolved alongside humanity served a net benefit to the family unit.

4. Testosterone is the biological cause for masculinity. Environmental changes that reduce the hormone’s concentration in men will cause them to be weaker and more feminine.

5. A woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man’s value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character.

6. Elimination of traditional sex roles and the promotion of unlimited mating choice in women unleashes their promiscuity and other negative behaviors that block family formation.

7. Socialism, feminism, cultural Marxism, and social justice warriorism aim to destroy the family unit, decrease the fertility rate, and impoverish the state through large welfare entitlements.


5. It's affecting Australians.

For the first time, supporters of the group will attend meetings set up all over the world. Roosh hopes to attend the Australian-hosted events. 

According to the ROK website, 165 meetings will be held in 43 countries on 6 February. 

The organisation will hold rallies, or what they call "tribal meetings", in four cities across Australia this Saturday - in Sydney's Hyde Park, Coogee Pavillion, and Brighton Le Sands; in Melbourne's Federation Square; in front of City Hall in Brisbane; and outside Ocean Beach Hotel in Perth.

"Tribesmen", as they call themselves, will meet at their closest venue at 8pm local time. From 8:00 to 8:20, tribesmen will gather at the predetermined meeting point, before they move to "the final location". 

The website warns: "if you arrive at the meeting point at 8:21pm, you will miss the meetup."


6. Their customs are eerily similar to the Ku Klux Klan's.


Firstly, ROK calls their followers "tribesmen" in stark similarity to white supremacist cult Ku Klux Klan's "klansmen".

Similar to Ku Klux Klan (KKK), ROK imposes a secret greeting in order to identify fellow "tribesmen". 

"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 KKK famously employed similar greetings amongst klansmen. They used the acryonyms AYAK (Are You A Klansman?) and AKIA (A Klansman I Am) in common conversation when meeting in public surroundings. One example is "Does a Mr. Ayak live in this neighborhood" to be responded by "No, but a Mr. Akia does".


7. They want to legalise rape.

Legalising rape aligns with ROK's neomasculinist philosophy. They believe "women are biologically determined to follow the orders of men" and that "a woman's value depends on her fertility and beauty". Following from this, they believe rape should be legalised on private property to allow them to uphold these neomasculine principles.


8. Even our government refuses to let Roosh into the counrty.

Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, has signalled Roosh will not be granted an Australian visa.

“People who advocate violence against women aren’t welcome in Australia. In the past, people advocating violence against women have had their visa refused or cancelled,” the Minister said.

Minister Dutton has also recently denied entry to Jeff Allen, the infamous pick-up artist who came to Australia for his book tour. 

Under the Australian Immigration Act, the minister can deny visa entry to any person he or she believes does not pass a "character test".

Roosh has taken to Twitter to show his frustration at the Australian government's possible denial of entry.


9. The way Roosh responds to the media is crude.

Many media organisations have attempted to get in contact with Roosh via Twitter, however his responses have been crude and graphic.

When asked for a comment from BuzzFeed News Oz, he replied with "Lick my balls".

However, one media outlet has seemed to gain some success.

Australian visa for 'legal rape' blogger won't be granted: Dutton
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Return of Kings leader Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh is a publicity seeker with mental health issues.