UK: Shut down the “Rape Guru” – via Avaaz


Julien Blanc, a self-proclaimed pick-up artist, is an evangelist of rape culture and he’s headed to the UK. His seminars glorify choking and coercing women into sex. Australia has already revoked his visa, and it is time the UK does the same. Call on the Home Office to deny this sexist snake oil salesman a UK visa!

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Dear friends across the UK,

Julien Blanc, a self-proclaimed pick-up artist, is an evangelist of rape culture and he’s headed to the UK. His seminars glorify choking and coercing women into sex. Australia has already revoked his visa, and it is time the UK does the same. Call on the Home Office to deny this sexist snake oil salesman a UK visa!

In Japan he told his students, “Dude, just grab her.” He chokes women in his promotional videos and in his seminars he encourages men to “short circuit the emotional and logical mind” of women — to get them into bed against their will. Now this evangelist of rape culture is coming to the UK — unless we shut him down.

A self-described “pick up artist,” Julien Blanc charges thousands for his sleazy advice, and in a week his school is running a sold out “boot camp” in London. But Julien is running into a PR problem: campaigns in Australia, Canada, Japan and Brazil have gone viral, asking governments to keep him out — Australia revoked his visa this week! Now voices in the UK are catching up and calling on the Home Office to deny him a visa. It’s the perfect moment to put his sexist snake oil operation out of business.

To allow this man into the UK sends a message that women are objects to be manipulated and preyed on, and legitimises sexual assault. Not on our watch. Sign now, share with everybody you know, and let’s add the UK to the list of proud countries standing up for the rights of women:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/To_Theresa_May_Home_Secretary_UK_Shut_down_the_Rape_Guru/?bTdBbdb&v=48455

Rape isn’t just a physical act of violence, it’s a culture. And every culture has its teachers, evangelists and gurus. Julien Blanc is one of them, and the UK is better off without his “lessons.” The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has reported that over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted each year in England and Wales, and one in five British women have been victims of sexual violence since the age of 16. Another recent study by the National Union of Students found out-of-control levels of sexual assault and harassment at British universities. Julien Blanc is the last kind of “professor” Britain needs right now.

Some of Blanc’s defenders ask what’s the big deal, he’s just teaching shy guys how to get laid? No, he’s not. Julien Blanc’s line of “schooling” purposefully diminishes the importance of consent. Because rape in a dark alley by a deranged stranger is actually a rarity. More often than not it’s a drug poured into a drink. It’s a girl coerced into going somewhere she doesn’t want to. It’s a family friend going into a room at night. International organisations say in most cases of sexual violence the victims knew their rapists. Classes teaching insecure men how to better manipulate, coerce or degrade women perpetuate this reality.

Julien Blanc’s school for “pick up artists” is offering a seminar in London on November 21, and it’s already fully booked. Home Minister Theresa May has the discretion to keep people out of the UK who are a serious threat to the public good. So let’s pile onto the pressure from Change dot org and other groups, and when we get to 100,000 we’ll join with survivors of sexual assault to deliver the petition directly to her door — and keep Julien Blanc out of the UK:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/To_Theresa_May_Home_Secretary_UK_Shut_down_the_Rape_Guru/?bTdBbdb&v=48455

Across the world the Avaaz community has stood up fiercely for the rights of women and girls, against the War on Women and the rape culture it perpetuates. Putting Julien Blanc out of business is just one battle in a longer journey, but it shows that when our community unites in the right place, at the right time, we make magic together.

With hope,

Joseph, Pascal, Luis, Caroline, Andrea, Alex, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Sick ‘seduction guru’ who tells men to woo women by CHOKING them (Daily Mail)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2832069/Sick-seduction-guru-tells-men-woo-women-CHOKING-th…

Julien Blanc: petition urges UK to deny visa to controversial US ‘pick-up artist’ (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/10/julien-blanc-petition-urges-uk-deny-visa-pick-up-artist

Sexual harassment rife at UK universities, says NUS (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/15/sexual-harassment-rife-universities-nus-survey

‘Dating coach’ Julien Blanc kicked out of Australia for crude ‘pick-up’ schtick (The Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/11/10/dating-coach-julien-blanc-kicked-out-of-australia-for-his-controversial-tactics/

International “Pick-Up Artist” Julien Blanc Facing Worldwide Boycott (Buzzfeed)
http://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/canada-considers-banning-pick-up-artist-julien-blanc

Deny Julien Blanc a UK Visa (Change.org)
https://www.change.org/p/uk-home-office-deny-julien-blanc-a-uk-visa

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David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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