PHOENIX — A group that advocates the legal rape of women has canceled two meetups scheduled for this weekend in Arizona.
In a post, Return of the Kings creator Roosh Valizadeh said he could “no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time.”
The San Francisco Chronicle said Valizadeh decided to cancel after he received online threats and condemnation from numerous officials.
One meetup was set to take place in downtown Phoenix and the other was outside the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson. Other meetings planned nationwide were also canceled.
The group — and Valizadeh — came to the forefront of online vitriol last year when he posted a blog advocating the legalized rape of women:
I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds.
Valizadeh’s group considers itself “neomasculine” and preaches a stark difference between the sexes.
The group’s belief page clearly outlines that “men and women are genetically different, both physically and mentally.”
One tenant reads: “A woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man’s value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character.”
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