As an artist interested in creating discussions about feminism in spaces that are hostile toward women, I decided to interview pick-up artist Roosh V (the "Internet’s Most Infamous Misogynist" according to numerous press outlets and author of a series get-laid-quick-guides-for-men called BANG).
[ENTER two far-flung human scale snow-globes, an olive branch extended between them and an artist stuck outside in a rabbit hole.]
A Monopoly on Truth developed out of BANGED, a proposal for a project in which feminist artist Angela Washko set out to find and interview women who have had sexual encounters with Roosh V, the "web's most infamous mysogynist" (Daily Dot) and author of the Bang series (guidebooks outlining strategies for picking up women and getting laid quick across geographic and cultural barriers). Washko's efforts were briefly channeled elsewhere upon the unexpected opportunity to have a (digitally mediated) face-to-face interview with the industrial microbiologist turned international playboy himself. Becoming fascinated by seduction treated as a series of mathematical equations and video game metaphors, backed by a mixture of Darwinian biological determinism and pseudo-scientific arguments for radically traditional gender roles, Washko additionally became hooked through Roosh's eloquent turns of phrase (see "If You Don't Feel Like a Creep, You're Not Pushing Hard Enough" on page 155 of Bang). A Monopoly on Truth follows Washko's navigation of safe spaces/dark corners of the internet as she strategizes to create empathetic exchanges across aggressively polarized communities and ultimately gets lost somewhere in the midst of activism, empathy, obsession, and disgust.
->My essay on the interview itself is here.
->The negotiation + the process behind interviewing Roosh is here.
->The full text transcript of the interview is here.
-> On the decision to stop pursuing public publishing of the interviews with the women who've reached out to me. Read here.