Sorry for the second repost, but I referenced Roosh V. in the first repost and I figure I might as well repost this article about him from December 30, 2018. Tellingly enough, the post that inspired this rant is now gone. Oh well… I’m sure Roosh is just a big ol’ troll, and I don’t take him seriously at all. Nevertheless, I did mention him in the earlier repost, so here’s what I was referring to for history’s sake. Happy reading, anyway.
It’s a dark morning here in the central-western Germany, the last Sunday of 2018. I woke up at about 6:00am, as usual, because my dog, Zane, was whining to go outside and have his breakfast. Once I woke up, I couldn’t get back to sleep. I started reading Facebook and noticed a link to a blog post that was shared in the Duggar Family News: Life is not pickles and hairspray group.
I don’t know how I missed this, but there’s an apparently popular blogger out there, name of Roosh V, who writes all kinds of inflammatory shit about how he thinks the world should operate. I haven’t taken the time to read a lot of his posts. I probably should read more of them before I comment too much, although the first post I read was a doozy. Before I even started reading the post, which was published in September 2015, I was confronted by this…
Um… “bad girls”? Wow. What kind of women is this man meeting?
I’m going to try to confine my comments about Roosh V’s blog strictly to what I’ve read so far. For all I know, he’s not as sexist and backward as he seems. I am myself the victim of people who make judgments of me based on just one or two controversial postings I’ve made. I don’t like hypocrisy. On the other hand, I’m not sure I want to read too much more of Roosh’s blog, mainly because what I have read is very offensive.
The post I read is entitled “Women Must Have Their Behavior And Decisions Controlled By Men”. Roosh V observes that it’s only been within the last hundred years or so that women have been allowed to make decisions regarding their education, religion, life goals, and family plans. He reminds his readers that until recently, women were expected to be under the care of a male guardian, or at least constrained by “tribe, family, church, law, or stiff cultural precepts.”
Since women have been allowed more freedom, they have, in Roosh V’s opinion, made “poor choices” that have negatively affected society. Roosh V writes that women are not as rational as men are, and they make decisions that are not in their best interests. He admires German philosopher Arthur Shopenhauer, who wrote an essay called “On Women“. According to Roosh V, Shopenhauer compares women to “overgrown children”, as evidenced by their consistently “impulsive” and “illogical” behavior.
As I was reading Roosh V’s post, I couldn’t help but notice how dispassionate his writing is. The tone seems rather matter-of-fact, which sort of gives it a dangerous air of legitimacy. Some of what he writes, on the surface, makes sense. I even agree with a few of his more basic ideas, like encouraging people to travel more and interact with people who aren’t from the United States. I think that’s actually a good idea. But then I read more and see that he’s actually very xenophobic and sexist, although I haven’t yet seen too much evidence of racism. I don’t really care to spend much time searching his writings to determine if he’s racist.
I think if Roosh V had written a more emotional screed, it would be easier to simply laugh at the nonsense conveyed in this post. I don’t know what kind of women Roosh V has surrounded himself with, but clearly he hasn’t had much experience with diverse women. Are there “impulsive”, “immature”, “unwise”, “overgrown children” women out there? Yes, I think there definitely are. But I have also seen many men who could be described in the same way.
Roosh V explains that left to their own devices, women make bad choices. Have a look at his reasoning.
I could take the time to refute each of these claims. Most of them don’t apply to me, personally. I had a lot of freedom to choose when I was growing up. I apparently made good choices, as evidenced by the privileged life I lead. But even if I hadn’t made good choices, I might still be privileged. Or, I could have made good choices and still been dealt “shitty cards”. I think much of life is a crapshoot.
As I mentioned before, I didn’t read a lot of Roosh V’s blog, although he does apparently believe that heterosexual American men should seek foreign women (I had a link, but it’s dead now). He thinks they’re “sweeter” and “more pleasing”, and likely to be thinner and more attractive. I can tell Roosh V doesn’t get out much, nor does he really listen to women from other countries. They may seem “sweeter” and more pleasing, but trust me, a lot of them have their ways of getting what they want. They just go about it in a less straightforward and more manipulative manner. I think Roosh V is foolish for apparently taking them at face value.
I did read Roosh V’s “About Me” page, on which he writes that he shares Donald Trump’s birthday. He also writes that his “important work” has been covered in many countries and he’s been targeted by “social justice” groups who want him silenced.
For the record, I don’t agree with trying to silence people like Roosh V. I clearly disagree with his opinions about women, but I support his right to have and express them without threats of violence. While the content of his blog appears to be offensive to many people and counter to most modern thinking, they are basically his thoughts and opinions. I think he has the right to communicate them, even if I think they’re mostly ludicrous. On the other hand, it’s scary how many people secretly think the way Roosh V does. Since Trump was elected, these people have become emboldened. I can see why so many people are afraid to allow Roosh V’s more troubling ideas to go unchallenged.
But man… he does have some nerve, doesn’t he? Look at this.
f you’re female, he expects you to send him a picture of yourself, so he can be sure you’re not a “troll”. I wonder how he means that. Is he referring to an Internet troublemaker or a very ugly person? Before the Internet, trolls were defined as a derelict, homeless, or poor person, who would be considered dirty, unkempt, and probably unattractive. The first time I heard of a “troll” was when I first heard the story “Three Billy Goats Gruff“.
I also notice that on his blog, Roosh V commented on the post I referenced in today’s post, assuring his readers that what he’s written is, in no way, satire. He means every word. And evidently, most of what matters to Roosh V is getting laid by a sexy woman who isn’t a “slut”. How tragic. What’s even sadder is that this guy is evidently making a living off of his ideas. It could be that making money is all that’s behind his inflammatory postings. The fact that it gets any positive regard is very troubling and sad. I wonder if he’s like this simply because he’s a narcissist or because someone really hurt him. I’m sure I’ll never know.
Edited to add: As of 2016, Roosh was still living in his mother’s basement. That may be where some of his misogyny comes from.
Edited to add in 2023: He is half Iranian and half Armenian… so I don’t know. Maybe he’s just a troll. Maybe he really believes this shit he spews. Looks like he’s changed his contact form to one that is less contentious, and he claims he no longer gives pickup advice to men. Who knows? And really, who cares?