In Canada, a campaign to take down misogynist Julien Blanc
#KeepJulienBlancOutOfCanada wants “pick-up artist” banned from preaching sexual violence against women in Canada
Julien Blanc is a vicious misogynist who earns a living by promoting violence against women.
Luckily, there is a growing online movement to stop Blanc from preaching his hatred in Canada. The spirited online campaign against Blanc is happening on Twitter, Facebook and petition sites.
But first, it’s important to understand the beast.
The Washington Post reports, “Blanc works for Real Social Dynamics, a business that profits from a growing online subculture of men’s rights activists and pick-up artists (PUAs). They pay thousands to attend “boot camps” at which Blanc and others teach guys how to “game” their “targets” (PUA lingo for women) using tactics criticized as misogynistic and even violent. You might recognize the language and ideology from the manifesto of Santa Barbara sorority shooter Eliot Rodgers, who frequented PUA message boards.”
Blanc teaches extreme sexual violence. He teaches men how to physically and emotionally manipulate women into having sex with them. His lessons include grabbing female strangers and thrusting their heads toward his crotch. And grabbing women in a suffocating choke-hold.
But Blanc doesn’t just teach men how to be women-haters and rapists. He also encourages them to use economic abuse, threats, fear, isolation and white male privilege. He also glorifies racialized sexual violence.
“At least in Tokyo, if you’re a white male, you can do you want,” Blanc says in the disturbing video below. “I’m just romping through the streets, just grabbing girls’ heads, just like, head, pfft on the dick. Head, on the dick, yelling, ‘pikachu,’ with a pikachu shirt.”
“This is nothing short of a lesson teaching how to rape,” says The Guardian (UK). “Asian women, consistently hypersexualised by western culture, have long been the targets of a predatory, booming sex-tourism industry. White western men travel to Asian countries to sexually exploit women on whom they project their orientalist, racist fetishes. In doing so, he actively instructs men to exploit their white male status to assault women.”
And now, to the online campaigns:
The Twitter hashtags #KeepJulienBlancOutofCanada was trending in Canada over the weekend.
#KeepJulienBlancOutofCanada Teaching violence towards women under the guise of being a pick-up artist: not welcome in Canada.
— Darcie Conway (@Darcie_Conway) November 10, 2014
— Vee Vaskovic (@veevaa) November 10, 2014
#KeepJulienBlancOutofCanada he is disgusting and should NOT be able to promote his misogynistic crap in Canada
— Lindsay Ringuette (@lringue) November 10, 2014
#TakeDownJulienBlanc is another key Twitter hashtag.
There are several. I’ll highlight two:
This petition on Change.org asks immigration minister Chris Alexander to bar Blanc from entering Canada. It’s a test for the Conservatives’ moralist tough-on-crime agenda, of which sexual violence against women is a core plank.
“Julien Blanc and his group, RSD (Real Social Dynamics) are a group of sexist and racist ‘pick up artists,’ who have made a living by teaching men how to violate women through physical and emotional abuse,” the petition says. “RSD creates, spreads, and endorses content that is ‘excessively violent, incites violence, threatens violence, contains harassing content or hate speech, creates a risk to a person’s safety or health, or public safety or health,’ and is clearly ‘malicious, fraudulent, morally repugnant.'”
We can confirm that Julien Blanc left Australia overnight. His assistant is also due to leave shortly.
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) November 7, 2014
“This individual has already been excluded or deported from Australia and from the United Kingdom,” says the petition. “This individual’s presence in Canada would be a clear danger to our women and a destructive influence towards our youth. The encouragement and dissemination of this sort of behaviour is incompatible with the values of all Canadians and is an affront to the inherent dignity of women everywhere.”
On Facebook, the campaign against Blanc is being spearheaded by pages such as Take Down Julien Blanc and SiriusXM Canada radio show What She Said.
Quoting What She Said: “This is a chance for women worldwide to join forces… together we are an incredible force! Paid classes on how to assault women? NO.”
The Canadian movement against Blanc builds on a global movement started by online activist Jennifer Li. More than 43,000 people has signed her online petition. One of Li’s key successes: she convinced web host Rackspace to ditch Blanc and RSD’s websites. They did.
These campaigns come at a time Canada is engaged in a national conversation on violence against women. The debate was sparked by allegations that former CBC radio host, Jian Ghomeshi, sexually abused or harassment multiple women.