Scotland Stands For Equality – the Art of Peaceful Protest
Controversial (read: despicable) pick up artist (read: professional harasser) Roosh V made international news last week when worldwide co-ordinated meetings for followers of his ‘neo-masculine’ doctrine were uncovered. Unsurprisingly, everyone agreed that their towns weren’t big enough for a rape advocate’s stooges; the backlash forced Roosh and his kings (really) to privatise forums on his website, and eventually cancel their pity parties when Roosh declared he ‘could no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of those who want to attend.’
‘Peaceful Protest – Scotland stands for Equality’ was organised by Amy MacDougall and Vonny Moyes in response to the planned meet-ups. Speaking on STV, Moyes articulated the need for non-violent response, despite the kings’ hasty retreat:
‘His entire ethos is that women are submissive, we’re there to be manipulated (…) and I think that by ignoring him we’re just feeding that, giving it more power. What we really need to do is take a stand against it.’
Come the evening of the eighth of February around five hundred protestors layered up and congregated in George Square, using Bobby Peel as a makeshift stage-cum-rallying point.
Placards and banners jutted from the crowds, bearing crystal clear messages demanding the attention of attendees and passers-by. Some, like the Glasgow and Dundee Feminist Society, used their banners to display solidarity from across the country; others voiced those who could not be present.
Sometimes, four sharpied words can say it all.
An hour or so in, off we went on an impromptu march up Sauchiehall Street. Chants rippled back through the crowd. Volunteers distributed Rape Crisis flyers while a cheery chap carried a portable PA predominantly playing eighties classics. From Buchanan Galleries to Bagelmania, passers-by honked, waved, and shouted in solidarity.
By the time your roving reporter exited the march, Glasgow had spoken, crystal and vocal: Roosh V’s dangerous misogyny would never be welcome.
Words/ (poor) photography: James McAleer
All photographs included with subject’s permission.