Return of the Queens? The owner of a womenâ€™s boxing club in Toronto is challenging notorious pick-up artist and publisher of "Return of Kings" Roosh V to a fight.
â€śLetâ€™s go f***er,â€ť said Savoy Howe. â€śGet in the ring with me.â€ť
Savoy Howe is the owner and head coach of Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club. (Photo courtesy of Jacklyn Atlas)
Roosh V, whose real name is Daryush Valizadeh, hosts secret â€śneomasculinity seminars,â€ť where only heterosexual males are allowed. Theyâ€™ve attracted controversy for years, and on Tuesday, his rhetoric was described as â€śpro-rape, misogynistic, homophobic garbageâ€ť by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
Howe is planning quite the protest against a Toronto event Valizadeh is intending to hold on Saturday. She posted a call-out Tuesday on her gymâ€™s Facebook page, Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, for any women interested in participating. â€śWe would show up wearing boxing gloves and take it from there,â€ť she wrote.
Sheâ€™s already received an overwhelming response from women who want to join in, Howe tells The Huffington Post Canada. â€śI have access to an army of women who are pretty darn tough,â€ť she said.
Today she also heard from three women who said they protested Valizdaeh in the past and faced years of online harassment as a result. â€śThese guys are insane,â€ť Howe says. â€śTheyâ€™re serious.â€ť
Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club and its owner, Savoy Howe, are planning to protest the Toronto Return of Kings meetup on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Pereira)
While sheâ€™s not advocating violence, Howe says sheâ€™s happy to step into the ring with Valizdaeh or any of the â€śweakling cowardsâ€ť in Toronto who support him.
She also hopes the protest will inspire other women to stand up for themselves. â€śWhen women see the image of a woman in boxing gloves, it does something to them,â€ť she says.