Petition Urges Amazon To Stop Selling Books By A Famous Pick-Up Guru Who Wants To Legalize Rape

'He's campaigned to end rape — by calling for it to be made legal.'

If Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has recently checked his mailbox, he should've spotted a peculiar email from UK-based city worker Caroline Charles.

Charles, which is in fact a pseudonym, started a petition calling for Amazon to stop selling books written by American author and self-proclaimed "game guru" Daryush Valizadeh, more famously known as Roosh V.

In her letter to Jeff Bezos, Charles asks the CEO to reconsider its selling of all books published by the controversial anti-feminist blogger because instead of giving pick up tips as advertised, they allegedly "normalise and diminish rape."

The petition already has thousands of people expressing their support, but it still needs more signatures to hit the 200,000 goal.

But are Valizadeh's self-published books really such an abomination to humanity? Well, judge for yourself ...

The thing that really picked Valizadeh's business off the ground were a series of books called Bang. Advertised as pick-up textbooks, these "literary masterpieces" contain "simple but powerful techniques, moves, and lines that offer a direct line to casual sex."

But not just casual sex to be exact.

According to Charles' petition, in his book Bang Iceland, Roosh V openly declares to have slept with a woman without her consent, which technically qualifies as ... rape. Here's an excerpt from the book:

"While walking to my place, I realized how drunk she was. In America, having sex with her would have been rape, since she legally couldn't give her consent. It didn't help matters that I was sober, but I can't say I cared or even hesitated."

These are just some of the titles from Valizadeh's collection that introduce men to his elaborate seduction techniques to coach them into becoming an 'alpha male.'

As if that story from Iceland wasn't be enough, Valizadeh also expressed his views in a blog post titled "How To Stop Rape," which sparked a hell of a controversy back in February.

After stating that he "carefully examined" articles on sexual assault from major publications such as BuzzFeed and Huffington Post, the pick-up guru goes on to explain that it's actually women who allow rape to happen by not protecting themselves. 

Valizadeh argues that "by attempting to teach men not to rape, we have actually taught women not to care about being raped." What's "best" is that he offers a 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," Roosh V writes in his blog.

Yes, you read that right ...

Valizadeh believes that making rape legal would enforce women to protect their bodies in the same manner they protect their belongings: by yelling, screaming and kicking.

by Bartek Kucharczyk. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
by Bartek Kucharczyk. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

As disturbing as all of it sounds, Valizadeh has quite an audience to spread his preachings to. His Twitter has more than 15,000 followers, his YouTube channel has more than 16,000 subscribers and his Facebook account has over 18,000 likes.

After the petition was published, Valizadeh took it to his social media channels and shared numerous posts on free speech and censorship. The author claims that banning his books from Amazon is against his right to freely express his beliefs. But as the petitioner Caroline Charles puts it:

"He's entitled to write and think and say what he likes. He's not, however, protected from the backlash against his output, or removal of platform. This isn't about banning books, it's about ensuring he, and Amazon, can't profit from rape."

You can join the initiative by signing the petition here.