Group behind ‘make rape legal’ message cancels events nationwide, including in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY -- A group calling themselves "Return of Kings" that has come under fire for a message that some say advocates for rape has canceled a series of meetings scheduled around the nation after public backlash.

In an announcement posted on their website, the group stated that they are cancelling meetings scheduled for various locations on February 6. A previous posting indicated some of those meetings would be held in Provo and Salt Lake City.

The post states: "I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time. While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups. The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologize to all the supporters who are let down by my decision."

The group was the target of intense online criticism for what some call a message that promotes rape culture and sexual violence. 

On their website, they also push for what they call ‘neomasculinity', which promotes traditional gender roles, claims gender equality is a myth, and states that homosexuality is artificial and deviant.

“I found their website, I found a lot of horrifying things on there,” said University of Utah student Joe Paine.

Paine, upon hearing of the planned meet-up, decided to help organize a rally at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Salt Lake City Public Library amphitheater—the time and place previously listed as an ROK meet-up spot.

He said they still plan to go through with the rally, which will feature posters and speakers promoting equality, despite ROK’s call for cancellation.

“I think it’s good… if we have an equal rights rally regardless of what they’re saying or what they’re doing,” he said.

The bulk of the push back against ROK stems from a blog post from February of last year titled "How To Stop Rape" in which the author states that the issue with many rapes is that the woman is "not responsible for her actions."

The post states in part: "I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds."

The author states that if rape was legal on private property, women would "protect her body in the same manner that she protects her purse and smartphone. If rape becomes legal, a girl will not enter an impaired state of mind where she can't resist being dragged off to a bedroom with a man who she is unsure of."

The crux of the argument made in the post seems to be that if women were to fear rape at all times, they would never spend time alone with a man who they weren't willing to have sex with, and thus rape would be eliminated because, in the author's view, women would no longer be in compromising situations.

The author has since taken to Twitter, where he states the post was satire and that he and his supporters do not advocate for legalizing rape.

“Satire or not, it’s not funny,” said one Salt Lake City resident, who wanted to remain anonymous. “It’s not a joke. You don’t joke about something like that.”

The woman said when she saw the blog post, as well as many of the website articles, she was appalled at what she read.

The website offers a "top 35" list for newcomers to Return of Kings, which includes articles like: "This Accidental Experiment Shows The Superiority of Patriarchy", "Women Should Not Be Allowed To Vote" and "The Intellectual Inferiority Of Women" as well as "Why White Knights Voluntarily Enslave Themselves To Women."

“Being a man is fine, being a man is great,” The woman said, adding, “To use that as an excuse to demean women is just—that’s not a man, at all.”

FOX 13 News' Lauren Steinbrecher attempted to reach out to the author of that post for comment on this story as well as every other person listed as a staff member for the blog, however the group's website states they only accept emails from women if they include photos of themselves, a condition FOX 13 would not meet.


  • bob of all bobs

    Probably a good idea to call this off. How about you guys organize an event on how much we appreciate women. Our mothers, our sisters, our wives, our daughters and all they do for us.

    • anotherbob

      Amen. To humor this guy I went and watched some of his youtube clips, the guy is completely out of his mind and there are a lot of people who sympathize with him. I guarantee you he has such a large dislike for women because one didn’t want to touch his peepee when he was younger.

  • michael

    Look Im no fan of PUA culture but one of the reasons they have become so popular is they have become a lot more than simply how to pick up girls,Because they are rooted in HBD human bio diversity using real evolutionary instincts they have found support from those who have been fighting to stop the PC suppression of science under the guise of anti racism sexism,This whole topic is intersectional to the problems with the collapse of western civilization which many think is caused by feminism multiculturalism Marxist/globalism economics, etc etc Its no longer permitted to talk about facts if they offend. This whole legal rape is a propaganda campaign by feminists to physically threaten and publicly shame them into silence. His proposal was a thought experiment to point out the absurdities of todays Pc approach which essentially gives a woman years to decide if something was rape regardless of what happened.If as the law now seems to be interpreted that all that is needed is a woman’s denunciation then a man would be mad to ever be alone with a woman ever- how can the world function like that.No ones seriously advocating that any woman alone with a man is subject to legal rape but that is the reciprocal to the standard now. until recently non stranger rape was difficult to prove but fairly rare the best defense was knowing people well before ever putting yourself at risk, being very clear about intentions like dont go back to a mans room drunk at night and engage in “heavy petting” because its a dangerous situation, maintain one reputation so if a dispute arises your word is not questioned,report a rape immediately and thoroughly not days later ambiguously.I could go on but it was all common sense till about the time Garp was written when it all started going crazy. I have a daughter but I might have a son a false accusation which are legion and one reason police are reluctant to follow up on sketchy complaints can destroy a mans entire life put him in prison and subject him to actual rape, these false accusations are never prosecuted.

    • Angry Monkey

      So in a nutshell, since they want rape to be legal and it’s a crime against a person…if someone were to bash their face in with a shovel then that should be legal also.
      Perhaps they should be purged of this thinking by lobotimization of their central cortex via a spaded shovel…

  • One Who Can and Does Think

    I’m guessing that most of you didn’t even bother doing your own research of the group. Michael, you’re excluded from my accusation.

    Unlike most, I don’t take anything any media outlet puts out there as truth. I am sure there is some nugget of it, so I do my own research. Researching this group is really simple. Go to their website. While I don’t agree with all they stand for, their basic group tenets are sound.

    Quit being a knee-jerk, reactionary sheep. Learn to think critically and your life will be far less stress-filled!

  • King Monarch I

    I have an idea. Make murder legal. As soon as you kill them you get to take control of all their property including family and serfs. Then you can kill any members of their bloodline and former spouse if you want and breed with any you want to keep around for a while. We will call it the “IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING” system. This was a popular system for thousands of years so it should be kept just to keep traditions alive. What is the problem, don’t you believe in tradition and maintaining your culture? The result of this will be that there is no crime, BY DEFINITION!

  • bob

    From their website:

    1. Men and women are genetically different, both physically and mentally. Sex roles evolved in all mammals. Humans are not exempt.

    2. Men will opt out of monogamy and reproduction if there are no incentives to engage in them.

    3. Past traditions and rituals that evolved alongside humanity served a net benefit to the family unit.

    4. Testosterone is the biological cause for masculinity. Environmental changes that reduce the hormone’s concentration in men will cause them to be weaker and more feminine.

    5. A woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man’s value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character.

    6. Elimination of traditional sex roles and the promotion of unlimited mating choice in women unleashes their promiscuity and other negative behaviors that block family formation.

    7. Socialism, feminism, cultural Marxism, and social justice warriorism aim to destroy the family unit, decrease the fertility rate, and impoverish the state through large welfare entitlements.

    In all honesty, which of these is untrue? I’d qualify #6 by saying that unlimited availability of partners in an consequence-free environment that’s devoid of moral values unleashes ANYONE’S promiscuity, male or female.

    But the rest of it is obviously true. So obviously I find it silly that anyone would feel a need to list these things.

    • miles(dave)

      i sure hope you dont agree with 5. ill explain how and why its destructive.

      value does not exist without conscious entities to give that value. value varys from entity to entity or from person to person (a murderer values a weapon more than a salad, because of the murders choices) in this case those who agree with the statement made in number 5 get the result placing these values to women like this because of how they chose to respond to other situations, for instance i do want to be attracted to my wife but the physical things that are important to me physically are not a tight seclusive list, they are rather minimal. however the things on a emotional and capable levels are much more important to me, i enjoy a very active life and its the kind of life i want to continue to enjoy with all of my family including my wife. so for me i dont place a crazy large value on appearance. and if you think a mans appearance is negligible then you are either a very good looking guy or you are only into women who will sleep with anything. because you can be so ugly that chick over there will not sleep with you.

      these statements appear to be place to act as irrefutable truths (unless you left out some important context) however number 5 is purely opinion. and these statements do not stand alone

      now in a vacuum some of these statements are at least partially true however when you place them in context with the rest of there story they encourage further looking down and demeaning and blaming women, which if i need to explain why thats bad then im talking to the wrong people.

      • bob

        They were stating a fact, not outlining an idea. #5 is how the world actually works.

        I’m not saying I like all those facts. Merely that they’re facts.

    • miles (dave)

      i suppose i can not keep you from believing that its a irrefutable fact that womens worth is based on there looks and how many kids they can have. but believing that will do more bad things than good for you and everyone else who is in this pro rape group

  • Karl Hegbloom (@KarlHegbloom)

    It’s outrageous to think that perhaps some of the same people who seem to think that “circumcision”, or “genital mutilation” isn’t illegal are offended by a group that wants us to legalize “surprise sex”. So that judge in Florida who forced Chase Hironomus mother Heather to sign a “permission” form allowing her ex-husband to get Chase cut, and the doctor who did it who reportedly has no qualms about holding them down to force them to submit to prepucial amputation, are fine with the same society that abhors rape? Really?

  • Sile Skelley (@SileSkelley)

    Considering that bedridden elderly women get raped, as well as babies, primary school children, boys, and even helpless animals…I would say the problem is mainly the dudes who cannot control themselves and act like smooth brained chimps

  • Angelique

    To “make rape legal if done on private property” would also make men, like you, “…responsible for your own actions,” and the need for men as well as women “…to protect their body as they would their purse or smartphone.” And many of those men who could possibly take such a position towards legalizing the forceable taking of a female, satirically or not, most probably: 1) would not like to know the truth of their own conception; 2) must not love their mothers nor daughters; 3) are not good with the ladies, and obviously, get no action without committing what is likely a felonious assault and battery – sad… What type of horrid, repulsive person must you be?;
    4) would be the same stupid males to be the first to see the error in their ways when asking the courts for justice as rape victims themselves. Court’s first question to stupid, horrid man hated by all females: I, the judge, will decide if you were raped. So, did the act you complain of occur on private property? In other words, were you at the US post office, a state park, a courthouse?
    Stupid male: No. But I said no.
    Judge: Too bad. Sorry about the stitches. You were on private property. Therefore, you were not raped. We don’t even reach the issue of whether or not you contented. If you were raped on private property (like maybe even by your step dad when you were 18 years old), according to the law you fought so hard to enact, you were not raped at all. (Hello, daddy.)

  • laytonian

    This was never a “group”. This guy is the proverbial loser living in the basement of his mother’s 980 square foot condo.
    Really! He was just trying to get hits for a website.

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