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Feminist groups will descend on Federation Square on Saturday night to confront a "neomasculinist" online group called Return of Kings, which supports the legalisation of rape.
The group's founder, US-based Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh - who has called for rape to be legalised on private property - is setting up an inaugural global meet-up for his followers in 43 locations around the world.
Roosh Valizadeh: "F--- it, I just booked a flight to Australia." Photo: Supplied
Amid outrage about his visit on social media, Mr Valizadeh announced on Twitter that he would visit Australia this weekend.
The meetings, scheduled for 8pm local time, include locations in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
A counter-protest is being organised for Saturday by a feminist activist group called "Mad F****** Witches", which was formed after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton labelled political editor for News Corp's Sunday papers, Samantha Maiden, a "witch".
Daryush Valizadeh. Photo: @_AMERICHAN_
The group's founder, Jennie Hill, said hundreds of her group's members were expected to show up at meetings in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and possibly Canberra, where they will dress up as witches, and pretend to cast spells on the "neomasculinist" members.
"We want to bring attention to the fact that this group is advocating rape and violence against women, and we don't want their horrible views to gain any kind of foothold in Australia," said Ms Hill.
"There are people all over the world who are very upset about what they are trying to do."
Also organising a counter-rally is activist Natalie Pestana, who is behind the Facebook page "Australians Against Misogyny", and who recently helped lead a campaign opposing the visit of US misogynist 'dating coach' company, Real Social Dynamics.
Fuck it, I just booked a flight to Australia. See you somewhere there on 2/6. I'll stay a while, see some sights. pic.twitter.com/d9CTFG1nqd— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
I love how I can trigger entire countries and get women clutching their pearls without stepping foot inside them. pic.twitter.com/jI4klcwfNT— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
I would like to do a lecture in Australia one day. I'd just have to bring a couple extra things to stay safe. pic.twitter.com/CQ1VwGzi73— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
Ms Pestana, along with comedian Kirsty Mac and Pauline Pantsdown, are calling on fellow activists to descend on meetings in Melbourne and Sydney for counter-rallies.
"We have plans to freely assemble to counteract that group or those individuals who believe in such abhorrent views towards women," she said.
Joining the fight is Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters.
"There is no place for these violent, archaic and disturbing views about women," Senator Waters said in a statement.
"Any men who are thinking about attending these disturbing events should be aware that not only is their behaviour completely out of touch with the majority of Australians, but that it is a criminal offence to incite violence."
A petition is also circulating online, asking police to stop the meetings.
Acting Victoria Police sergeant Melissa Seach said Victoria Police were looking into the possibility of an event at Federation Square on Saturday night. The Return of Kings group has said women, transgender men and homosexual men were not invited to the meet up, and Mr Valizadeh has instructed his followers to film "crazy feminists" who show up at meetings, so they could "tear them up".
The group claims on its blog that it is ushering in the "return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished and shamed in favour of an androgynous and politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men".
It further states that a woman's value "significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man's value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character".
Articles written by Mr Valizadeh and contributors claim that women should not be able to vote, that transgender women who sleep with heterosexual men are rapists, and that women are biologically determined to follow the orders of men.
Other articles suggest that "Asian men need to transcend their race" in order to pick up women and that men who date fat women are partially responsible for increasing obesity rates.
An article published on January 26 said that child sexual abuse and rape were "traditional" in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Comment has been sought from Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.