Neomasculinism Is Here, And It’s Terrifying
In 1791, freedom of speech was established in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution right alongside freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and the right to assemble. In 1948, the United Nations recognized freedom of speech as a human right in the International Declaration of Human Rights. The great thing about free speech is that it provides a platform of the underdog to get their ideas out in the open. Without free speech, we may never have succeeded in the most crucial social movements of the last two hundred years: abolishing slavery and segregation and winning the right for same-sex couples to marry are just two examples of how the right has shaped our own culture in America.
But for all of the positive effects of freedom of speech, we have to remember that there is an ugly twin to the right of expression and assembly. “Return Of Kings” is the embodiment of this aspect: the self-described “neomasculinists” are essentially the exact opposite of radical, bra-burning feminists. Among their most controversial positions is the fact that the mens who subscribe to the ideals of neomasculinism believe that raping women should be legal, as long as it’s on private property. I’m sorry, what?
The new news on the “Return Of Kings” is that the movement has a much larger number of supporters than most rational humans might expect, with over a million users on its website. On February 6th, 2016 (as in THIS week), the neomasculinists are planning to congregate at 44 locations across the world. The ordeal is being organized by professional douchebag Daryush Valizadeh, and if the meet-up goes as he plans, there could be some serious, even violent repercussions involved.
Who is this guy? What is this group? What will happen at the meet-ups on Saturday?