Daryush Valizadeh was born in Washington DC on June 14, 1979. His parents immigrated to the United States before he was born. His father is Iranian and his mother is Armenian. English was the primary language in the household.
Daryush grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the wealthiest counties in America during the 1990’s. After his parents divorced, him and his sister lived with their mother. In high school, one of his friends started calling him “Roosh.” The name stuck, and he continues to be called that to this day.
Daryush attended the University Of Maryland at College Park and studied microbiology. While in school, he became fascinated with the internet and created simple web pages after studying the HTML coding language. One of the pages he created was a simple blog that he updated once a day. It received less than 100 visitors per day.
Towards the end of college, Daryush was frustrated with his sex life. He didn’t have confidence in himself and didn’t know how to flirt with women. He decided that he wanted to fix this problem to be able to sleep with any woman he desired, so he began studying “game” on the internet to help him accomplish his goal.
After he graduated from university in 2001, he started learning how to talk to women in bars and clubs by walking up to them and starting a conversation. He learned how to dance and show the best parts of his personality. He also learned how to accept rejection. Daryush shared his stories on a new web site called “Rooshlog” (now closed).
By 2004, Daryush was employed as a microbiologist in a Maryland pharmaceutical company. He soon opened a new web site called DC Bachelor, which shared more of his dating tips and stories. He had a small following that mostly lived in the Washington DC area. His site was receiving approximately 300 hits a day.
The year 2007 was a big year for Daryush. He released his first book called Bang and quit his job as a microbiologist to travel through South America. Two years later, he published four additional books. One was a memoir of his experience called A Dead Bat In Paraguay and three were dating guides for Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina that taught men how to have sex with girls from those countries. Around this time, he closed DC Bachelor and opened RooshV.com, which is still active today. He never worked as a microbiologist again.
His success on the internet started to grow. His web page became popular and news stories started to write profiles on him as a “pick up artist.” Around this time, the feminist movement in the United States started to successfully spread their ideas of the “gender wage gap” and “rape culture.” Up to that time, pick-up artists like Daryush were not heavily criticized by feminists, but now those feminists were changing the definition of consensual sex so that practically all instances of sex could somehow be considered rape. Daryush would soon face heavy attack.
In 2011, Daryush went to Iceland. The two web sites he had that year were Roosh V and Roosh V Forum. For the next several years, he lived in many European countries and wrote dating guides on seven of them. These are the European countries that Roosh wrote books on, which are all still available for sale:
The liberal media in Iceland and Denmark reacted harshly against his books and began calling them “rape guides,” even though his sex advice was legal and no different than the dozens of other dating books you can find in any bookstore. He started to be deeply hated by feminists, homosexuals, and transsexuals, who would obsessively read all his books and writings to find evidence of “rape culture.”
The mistake that Daryush made was how he wrote about sex in his books. He gave explicit details on his sex experiences that made him seem aggressive and dominant. He did this because he wanted to be seen as famous sex writers like Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski. He did become famous, but not in the way he intended. His enemies began quoting deceptive excerpts of sex stories to try to convince others that he was a rapist.
In a Washington DC press conference, Daryush stated that he exaggerated the details of his sex stories to make himself more “macho” with the goal of earning more money. He vehemently denied the allegations and stated that his enemies want to accuse all men of rape. As of this writing in March 2016, he not been charged or detained for any crime.
In 2012, Daryush opened the web site Return Of Kings, where he invited other masculine writers to share their ideas. This is the year that Daryush started to move from being a pick-up artist to leading a movement of masculinity that he later called “neomasculinity.” He created the Poznan Institute to develop neomasculinity (he came up with the idea while living in the Polish city of Poznan).
For subsequent years, he spent most of his time building Return Of Kings and traveling to other European countries such as Romania, Croatia, and Russia. He was written about in the news regularly. A Wikipedia article was made about him.
In 2015, he wrote an article called “How To Stop Rape,” which he stated was a satirical thought experiment. In the article, he claims that rape would be reduced if it were made legal, a suggestion he said is “absurd” and not meant to be taken seriously. Nonetheless, his enemies lied about the article and said that he was in fact being serious. They started calling him a “rape advocate” and “rape proponent.”
By attempting to teach men not to rape, what we have actually done is teach women not to care about being raped, not to protect themselves from easily preventable acts, and not to take responsibility for their actions. At the same time, we don’t hesitate to blame men for bad things that happen to them (if right now you walked into a dangerous ghetto and got robbed, you would be called an idiot and no one would say “teach ghetto kids not to steal”).
In 2016, Daryush tried to organize international meetups on Return Of Kings. The media all around the world stated the meetups were for teaching rape, an accusation that Daryush denied. The event listing of the meetup stated that it was for men to meet over beers and talk about life, women, and politics. Over, 1,600 articles were written about Daryush in February 2016.
Daryush now has several web sites that reach over 1 million people every month. They receive over 200,000 page views per day. He makes his living through his books and advertising on his web sites.
He is currently living in either Poland, Ukraine, or Russia, though he does visit his family in the United States frequently.