Excellent – so Brazil is another place that won’t be giving Julien Blanc a visa. John Morales left a link to this ABC (Australia) article yesterday.
Brazil has said it will deny a visa application from an American “pick-up artist” who was forced out of Australia last week after a social media campaign against his methods of teaching men to seduce women.
No, not seduce – assault and (if successful) rape. Seduce means persuade. You don’t “seduce” people by grabbing them and shoving their heads onto your crotch.
In a statement, Brazil’s foreign affairs ministry said there were “enough elements” about Julien Blanc’s background to deny him a visa.
Blanc teaches men to seduce women using techniques that include choking and intimidation.
Again – that’s not “seduce” – it’s more forceful than seduction is. That should say “Blanc teaches men to force women into sex using techniques that include choking and intimidation.” Choking ≠ seduction.
The 25-year-old, from US-based group Real Social Dynamics (RSD), was forced to leave Australia after his visa was cancelled in the wake of protests against his workshops in Brisbane and Melbourne.
If he had really just been teaching men “to seduce women” I don’t think his visa would have been cancelled. I can’t know that for sure, but it seems like a reasonable guess.
According to RSD’s website, bootcamp workshops in Brazil are scheduled in Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis in January, at a cost of $2,500 per participant.
$2,500 to listen to a very unprepossessing young man give advice on how to assault women. That’s quite a scam.
“It’s very positive that the Brazilian government is reacting to this and saying this guy is not welcome here,” said Leila Reboucas, from feminist organisation CFEMEA.
“We can’t just accept it and call it freedom of expression, because it’s not.”
In videos of his workshops on YouTube, Mr Blanc advocates using physical aggression and emotional abuse to convince women to have sex.
One of his pick-up techniques to “open” a woman is to approach the target and choke her before covering her mouth to keep her quiet.
Mr Blanc shared a pie-chart designed to educate victims of domestic violence about the behaviours of abusers, promoting it as a cheat-sheet of his techniques.
The chart, published on his Facebook profile, shows “power and control” in the centre, and slices describing how to “use coercion and threats, use intimidation, use emotional abuse, use isolation, deny, blame and minimise, use children, use economic abuse, use male privilege”.
And it that doesn’t work, there’s always the shooting rampage. Elliot Rodger was reportedly a fan of Blanc’s.