Answering a question that very, very few people care about:
Toronto’s mayor took to Twitter Monday night speaking out against a ‘pick-up artist’ set to deliver a seminar in the city later this week.
Daryush Valizadeh, who is more commonly known as Roosh V, is scheduled to speak at an event Saturday afternoon as part of his multi-city world tour titled “The State of Man.”
“The State Of Man” is a 40-minute speech that carefully examines the existence of modern man,” his website reads.
“It deconstructs the problems men face today while giving practical solutions for helping them improve their intimate relationships with women and increase their overall enjoyment with life.”
Valizadeh - and his popular website Return of Kings - have become iconic in recent years in the Manosphere, a loosely connected group of sites that focus on anti-feminist critiques and dating advice. While Valizadeh is most famous - or notorious - for his role as a "pick-up artist" much of his writing addresses a broad range of contemporary cultural issues.
Rather than being a raving misogynist Valizadeh espouses an odd amalgam of traditional gender roles and casual sex advice. Very little of what he writes would have been considered terribly controversial even twenty years ago. His criticisms of feminism are pretty much standard conservative fare albeit expressed in a more colourful and direct manner. He might not be your cup of tea but he's hardly the second coming of Caligula.
Displaying the self-righteous puritanism that is characteristic of modern feminism, a petition has been set-up at Change.org, complete with out of context quotes, demanding that Valizadeh be driven from Canada. This is being done on the grounds of our old friend hate speech. Apparently coaching awkward young men on how to pick up women in bars is now a crime in modern Canada.
Some of Valizadeh's sexual advice ranges from tacky to creepy. It would, however, take a Pollyanna's understanding of human sexuality to find it either hateful or angry. What we are seeing is not criticism being directed at an individual for espousing somewhat recherché views, it's an electronic lynch mob attempting to silence dissent from the feminist consensus.
Until this recent controversy Valizadeh was an obscure figure outside of Manosphere. Now thanks to these tin eared feminist campaigners he has been given millions of dollars in free publicity. It's a classic example of the Streisand effect. Instead of shutting Valizadeh down they've elevated him into a kind of cult hero status that is only likely to increase in the years ahead.
John Tory, always eager to pander to politically correct pressure groups, quickly jumped onto the anti-Valizadeh bandwagon. It is not part of a mayor's job description to play moral censor. No one cares what the Mayor of Toronto thinks about the opinions of someone who doesn't even live in the city. Your job, John Tory, is to fix potholes and build subways. To borrow from Valizadeh's argot: John Tory is a classic beta male.
In a post at Return of Kings, though not written by Valizadeh, the three worst characteristics of the beta male are described as:
Insecurity can surface from a number of different causes. For one, people are identifying more and more with material objects like cars and clothes, and external associations like where they work, where they went to school, and their social media presence. And a consequence of over-identifying with these surface-level associations is depending on them for validation.
That sounds like our UTS, U of T, born-with-a-silver-spoon mayor.
Fear is a similar illness that plagues the modern man, and this is largely a consequence of humanity’s epic progress. In the prehistoric times man had to fear wild animals killing him in his sleep.
Today? We live in a time of peace, where war and disease are, for the most part, irrelevant. So what do we fear? We fear things that would seem silly to our ancestors. We’ve evolved to fear being confronted by our friends, losing our job, or being rejected by a cute girl…
Anyone who has seen John Tory talk knows that this is a man terrified of offending the Great and Good of modern Canada. In his mind what the voters think pales in comparison to a single mildly critical Globe & Mail editorial.
Stagnation is largely the culmination of insecurity and fear. Stagnation is when a man yields to the environment around him and stops growing. It is the reason there are so many children masquerading around in the bodies of men - children who are more concerned with immediate acts of pleasure and proving themselves through cheap shows of aggression than learning, experiencing new things, or working towards building something of their own.
There in a nutshell is the political career of John Tory. A man who has been in and around politics for close to forty years, has lost a string of political campaigns, and his sole notable accomplishment is defeating Doug Ford. Even this victory should be given the caveat that had Rob Ford dropped out of the 2014 mayoral a few months sooner, it's very likely that Doug Ford would be wearing the chain of office today.
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