The men’s rights meet-ups planned around the globe this weekend were supposed to be an opportunity for men to get together and commiserate. You know, just bros bein’ bros, talkin’ ’bout booze, babes, game, “legal rape,” and the systemic oppression of men worldwide. Dozens of men had agreed to host meet-ups, but unfortunately, word got out, and now it seems that many of those meet-ups are in danger of cancellation or disruption.
After news outlets reported on the meet-ups (and their stupid code phrase), RooshV — the ringleader and prominent member of the “manosphere” — is exercising tighter caution. In Toronto, an all-female boxing club had pledged to show up, ready to fight. Others have threatened to protest the events or disrupt them in some way.
After experiencing the type of treatment that women online encounter with far greater frequency than men, Roosh has decided to step up security. “The world is moving against us,” he wrote. “I’ve gotten reports of over a dozen organized protests at our meeting points. Dozens more are being organized privately. Since this meetup was never intended as a confrontation with unattractive women and their enablers, I’m moving to save as many of these meetups as I can before Saturday.”
Prospective meet-up attendees are now required to authenticate their participation the manosphere in one of three ways: having an active commenting account on Return of Kings, an active forum account, or a screenshot of a receipt for one of Roosh’s books dated prior to January 15.
Will these terrible men be able to gather in peace? The answer is unclear.