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Squad of women in boxing gloves to crash Roosh V's Toronto meet-up

Toronto women are ready for a fight with legal rape advocate.

Toronto Newsgirls boxing club are ready for a meeting with Roosh V.

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Toronto Newsgirls boxing club are ready for a meeting with Roosh V.

How do you deal with a man who advocates for legal rape? With boxing gloves, according to a group of Toronto women.

Roosh V, a U.S. “pick-up artist” who’s attracted outrage for blog posts that call women misogynistic names and argue rape should be legal on private property, is planning Saturday meet-ups for his devotees in Toronto and dozens of other cities around the world.

Roosh, whose real name is Daryush Valizadeh, has promised to take video of feminists who crash the gatherings so he and his online followers can “tear them up” afterwards.

But the Toronto Newsgirls boxing club isn’t afraid retaliation, online or off. They’re pledging to find the meeting spot and show up in full force, gloves and all.

“Pictures will show up online of women wearing boxing gloves, and blah, blah, blah,” Howe said. “The photos of us will show women that being powerful is an option.

Roosh V has promised to take video of feminists who crash the gatherings so he and his online followers can “tear them up” afterwards.

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Roosh V has promised to take video of feminists who crash the gatherings so he and his online followers can “tear them up” afterwards.

“And I think that’s what needs to happen against this d*****bag.”

Originally, the idea was for Roosh’s followers to meet at Queen’s Park, where they’d identify one another by asking for directions to a pet shop and then head to an undisclosed location.

The plan changed to a secret meet-up spot Wednesday after it started generating attention online. Mayors of four Canadian cities took to Twitter to condemn Roosh, including John Tory who declared Toronto “no place for intolerance, hatred & misogyny.” 

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson started the movement by tweeting, “@ReturnofKings Your pro-rape, misogynistic, homophobic garbage is not welcome in Ottawa #its2016 #TurnAwayReturnOfKings.”

The “goes double for Calgary,” tweeted Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

“Not acceptable in #Edmonton. Nor, I suspect, anywhere in this country in this day and age. #TurnAwayReturnOfKings” added Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.