The Literature of the Incel Movement

[published in The Boar, 20/06/2018]

The term ‘incel’ came into mainstream usage in late April of this year – coinciding with the Toronto van attack by a self-described incel that killed 10 people and injured 16. The term, a portmanteau of “involuntary celibate”, has evolved to refer to a specific group of men who believe that women are to blame for their personal lack of sexual intimacy, and often believe women should be verbally shamed for this, or in more extreme cases physically assaulted, raped, or disfigured. They believe women are inferior to men physically, mentally, and emotionally, often citing evolution as the cause.

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