Return of the Queens? The owner of a womenâs boxing club in Toronto is challenging notorious pick-up artist and publisher of "Return of Kings" Roosh V to a fight.
âLetâs go f***er,â said Savoy Howe. âGet in the ring with me.â
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 âneomasculinity seminars,â where only heterosexual males are allowed. Theyâve attracted controversy for years, and on Tuesday, his rhetoric was described as âpro-rape, misogynistic, homophobic garbageâ 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 gymâs Facebook page, Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, for any women interested in participating. âWe would show up wearing boxing gloves and take it from there,â she wrote.
Sheâs already received an overwhelming response from women who want to join in, Howe tells The Huffington Post Canada. âI have access to an army of women who are pretty darn tough,â 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. âThese guys are insane,â Howe says. âTheyâre serious.â
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 sheâs not advocating violence, Howe says sheâs happy to step into the ring with Valizdaeh or any of the âweakling cowardsâ in Toronto who support him.
She also hopes the protest will inspire other women to stand up for themselves. âWhen women see the image of a woman in boxing gloves, it does something to them,â she says.