This week I have learned about the existence of a man named Daryush Valizadeh (Roosh V.) who is organizing men world-wide in support of legalizing and condoning the raping of women. What the fuck. No, seriously. WHAT THE FUCK???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Men, my Brothers, please organize yourselves against this war on women. Please do not let this man create the definition of “Neomasculinity” or brand “Return of Kings.”
Rise up, Men! You have to speak, you have to act, you have to be heard and seen. Yes, you have to listen, but so many of you already know what needs to change.
Supposedly Valizadeh is canceling the events that were planned for this Saturday because of death threats and such. He has garnered so much attention from all of this, become a media sensation. So maybe we should all just look away and not give him the attention he is seeking and the sick pleasure of outraging almost everyone who learns of his existence.
But we can’t look away. We, women, we can’t look away. I’m tired of looking, believe me. But I’m more tired of seeing nothing change. Seeing that the illness of misogyny is alive and well (and not just in the form of Valizadeh and his followers) is making me very, very tired.
Hearing women crying, raging, and grieving the effects of misogyny, but not hearing the voices of men is making me tired.
Men, my Brothers, don’t let this man represent you. Don’t let the teachings of using your sex as a weapon be cast off as “satire” or cause you to simply label Valizadeh as “crazy” and move on to the next headline.
Please, my Brothers, use your voices, use your hearts, and organize yourselves as the real Kings that you are. Whatever has gotten in the way of remembering the beauty and power that exists at the core of your being, cast it off now! Shed the lies constantly! Look each other square in the eye and remind each other of the honor and responsibility that the entire world so badly needs from you. And please, please, please, whether or not you have children of your own, shepherd the boys of this world to connect to their own humanity and support their tender and precarious growth.
Every man becomes a reflection to these growing boys.
I’m over it, you guys. I’m tired. Let me hear your voices, read your words and feel your presence in this walk toward freedom and safety for each and every one of us.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
(May all beings everywhere be happy and free)
From the Gospel of Thomas:
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”