A group describing itself as ‘neomasculinist’,  founded by an American man who has written misogynistic articles and proposed legalising rape on private property, is planning international meetings this Saturday evening in cities across the globe, including Hong Kong.

The group has organised an “international meetup day” on February 6, during which there will be 165 meetings in 43 countries, according to the Return of Kings website. Hong Kong followers of the blog wishing to join the meeting have been instructed to wait in front of Joe Bananas Bar in Wan Chai between 8pm to 8:20pm, and have been told they can “identify [their] fellow tribesmen” by asking for directions to a pet shop. They will then be led by hosts to an unknown meeting place.

RoK blog
The meetup info page on the Return of Kings blog.

The Return of Kings blog is run by American pickup artist and writer Roosh Valizadeh. Established in 2012, the blog has published over 2,000 articles. It claims to be for heterosexual, masculine men; women and homosexuals are not welcome. “ROK aims to usher the return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished and shamed in favor of creating an androgynous and politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men.”

Sections found on the blog include “Girls”, “Masculinity” and “The Sexes”, and contains articles with titles such as “Every violent male criminal is rewarded with sex from beautiful women”, “Women should not be allowed to vote” and “The intellectual inferiority of women”.

Roosh Valizadeh
Roosh Valizadeh. Photo: Facebook.

Valizadeh has also written an article in which he proposed that the way to stop rape was by “mak[ing] rape legal if done on private property”. His supporters have claimed that it was satirical.

Valizadeh himself will be attending the meeting in Washington DC. He has asked supporters to take videos of feminists intending to disrupt the event and send them to his email address, so that he can ‘tear them up’ afterwards.

Reporters across the world have contacted Valizadeh requesting an interview. According to his twitter account he makes his decision on whether to accept the interview by making an assessment as to whether he would “bang” the reporter.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.