Recently Amazon.com has come under fire for the atrocious treatment of its workers. According to a recent exposé by The New York Times, employees of the online retail giant are held to “unreasonably high” standards, forced to tear apart one another’s ideas during meetings, encouraged to rat out one another for misconduct, and generally browbeaten in a process of “purposeful Darwinism.” Other horror stories include a worker not being able to sleep for four days straight, another who was called a “problem” by her boss for cutting back working on nights and weekends to care for her ailing father, a woman with thyroid cancer who was given a negative review upon returning to work from her treatment, and an employee who miscarried twins and was forced to leave for a business trip the day after surgery.
Another PR problem for the corporation, as highlighted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is its insistence on selling books and music from known racists, anti-Semites, and other bigots. Amazon routinely profits from the sale of white power CDs from bands like Skrewdriver and Brutal Attack. It also lets known hate groups participate in its Amazon Affiliates program, allowing those groups to make money from online sales while enriching itself in the process. Along with CDs from your favorite racist skinhead band, you can also purchase a wide array of books from pickup artist Roosh Valizadeh — who just wrapped up his wildly unsuccessful world tour with a beer to the face.
Valizadeh has a long history of making misogynistic and racist comments. He’s written that women are “all dirty little whores who truly disgust me with their sex habits.” He’s asserted that “[w]hile every feminist likes to repeat the phrase ‘No means no,’ it depends on context.” He once referred to an Indian journalist as a “fat, ugly Indian cunt.” He believes that we should “make rape legal if done on private property.” He’s even taken to promoting The Culture of Critique, a book by Holocaust denier Kevin MacDonald.
Indeed, the way Roosh describes women in Bang Iceland: How to Sleep with Icelandic Women in Iceland, for example, is similarly grotesque and offensive. “The easiest girl to bang will of course be chubby girls who are average or below-average in appearance,” he wrote. “I’ve seen it with my own eyes where an okay-looking foreign man took a hog to his hotel room in less than five minutes after meeting her.” In Don’t Bang Denmark he described Danish women as “the most hypocritical breed of female I have ever encountered.”
He has also, in various books, admitted to having had sex with women who are asleep or too drunk to give consent. Here’s a description of one sexual encounter from Bang Iceland:
I hooked her arm and off we went. The best thing that possibly could have happened was a “failed” afterparty. There had to be a moment when she realized that all her friends are gone and the only reasonable option left was to go home with a strange man she had just met.
While walking to my place, I realized how drunk she was. In America, having sex with her would have been rape, since she couldn’t legally give her consent. It didn’t help matters that I was relatively sober, but I can’t say that I cared or even hesitated.
I won’t rationalize my actions, but having sex is what I do. If a girl is willing to walk home with me, she’s going to get the dick no matter how much she has drunk. I’ll protect myself by using a condom (most of the time), but I know that when it comes to sex, one ounce of hesitation or a feeling of morality will get me nothing.
Actually, having sex with a woman who can’t “legally give consent” because she’s intoxicated, that’s rape. Yes, in Iceland as well as the United States. Another from Bang Iceland:
In the middle of the night I got another boner, put on a condom, and jammed it back in while she was half-asleep. I came and passed out again with the condom still on my dick….
In his book Bang Poland he described a sexual encounter in which he refused to take “no” for an answer, writing that he would risk “getting locked up in a Polish prison to make it happen”:
We moved to my bed. I got her down to her bra and panties, but she kept saying, “No, no.” I was so turned on by her beauty and petite figure that I told myself she’s not walking out my door without getting fucked. At that moment I accepted the idea of getting locked up in a Polish prison to make it happen. …
I put on a condom, lubed up, and finally got her consent to put it in. … I put her on her stomach and went deep, pounding her pussy like a pedophile. She took it like a champ even though I imagine it must have felt like being fucked by a telescope. My orgasm was from another world.
Roosh has no respect for women or the idea that they have a right to end any sexual encounter they’re uncomfortable with. Having sex with a woman even after she says no, or pressuring a woman into saying “yes” when she doesn’t mean it, is not affirmative consent.
Here’s another from 30 Bangs:
After dinner we went upstairs and I eased her onto my king-size bed. It took four hours of foreplay and at least thirty repetitions of “No, Roosh, no” until she allowed my penis to enter her vagina. No means no—until it means yes.
The sex was painful for her. I was only the second guy she’d ever had sex with. … She whimpered like a wounded puppy dog the entire time, but I really wanted to have an orgasm, so I was “almost there” for about ten minutes. After sex she sobbed for a good while, talking about how she had sinned in the eyes of God, but in an hour she got horny again and we went at it once more.
What Roosh describes here is, again, pressuring a woman into having sex, and continuing even when he knew she didn’t want it and was clearly in pain. She “whimpered like a wounded puppy” and cried afterward. Still, that was irrelevant to Roosh, since he was too concerned about wanting to “have an orgasm.” How about this one from Bang Ukraine:
I was fucking her from behind, getting to the end in the way I normally did, when all of a sudden she said, “Wait stop, I want to go back on top.” I refused and we argued. … She tried to squirm away while I was laying down my strokes so I had to use some muscle to prevent her from escaping. I was able to finish, but my orgasm was weak.
Afterwards I told her she was selfish and that she couldn’t call an audible so late in the game.
Physically preventing a woman from getting away and so you can continue to have sex with her is rape. Plain and simple. These aren’t one-night stands or hook-ups. This is sexual assault, and Roosh is capitalizing on it by being able to sell these rape guides on the largest online retailer in the world.
All four of the books these quotations came from, and many more, can be purchased on Amazon.com*:
However, that’s not the end of the discussion. Amazon, like all corporations, cares about its image and its bottom line. If enough people voice their outrage that a sexual predator is profiting from his crimes, we can put an end to it for good. Following the horrific massacre in Charleston, SC, in June, Amazon and several other retailers decided to stop selling Confederate flag memorabilia. Recently, a petition has emerged on Change.org calling on Jeff Bezos to take down Roosh’s books once and for all and put an end to profiting from misogyny and violence against women. If you wish to sign the petition, and I urge that you do, you can find it here.
* I had to clean my Amazon browsing history after taking those screen shots of Roosh’s books. In fact, I may actually wipe my entire hard drive just to be safe.