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Incel is a neologism used by some members of the manosphere to describe men who blame women, feminism, or society, for their inability to have sexual relationships with women. It is a shortened form of the more general term involuntary celibate, which describes individuals who are celibate, but not through personal choice.[1] The term is primarily used on websites such as 4chan (specifically its /r9k/ subforum), Reddit's /r/ForeverAlone, and[2][3][4][5] These online communities of incels have been called "one of the Internet’s most-reviled subcultures" by the Washington Post,[6] and writer Tracy Clark-Flory has criticized the concept of incel as being predicated on "the shared belief being that men are entitled to govern women’s bodies."[5] Writing in Newsweek, Barbara Herman has described incels as men who "resent women for being too picky to sleep with them,"[7] while Rebecca Cohen has described those who identify as incel as men who feel that women "owe" them sex.[8]

A survey of 60 men and 22 women who were users of an online discussion group for involuntary celibates by Georgia State University Denise Donnelly and Elizabeth Burgess concluded that they were a diverse group whose reasons for not having sex vary from autism or other social-psychological issues, to overwork, to physical disabilities, or to having being raised in hyper-religious households. The survey included responses from heterosexuals, bisexuals, homosexuals and transsexuals.[6][9]

Online communities of "incels" have been implicated in incidents of spree killings by male individuals, including the 2014 Isla Vista killings and the Umpqua shooting.[2][6] Some self-identified incels use the term Beta uprising to refer to a hypothetical future revolution in which incels take revenge on both women and non-incel men.[6]

See also


  1. "For many, sexless lifestyle is not a choice" (Academic study summary). Georgia State University. July 24, 2001. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dewey, Caitlin (May 27, 2014). "Inside the ‘manosphere’ that inspired Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger" (Newspaper article). Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  3. Cheadle, Harry (May 30, 2014). "Elliot Rodger and the Toxic Weight of Virginity" (Internet magazine article). Vice. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  4. McGuire, Patrick (May 27, 2014). "Elliot Rodger’s Online Life Provides a Glimpse at a Hateful Group of "Anti-Pick-up Artists"" (Internet magazine article). Vice. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Clark-Flory, Tracy (May 28, 2014). "Inside the terrifying, twisted online world of involuntary celibates" (Internet magazine article). Salon. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Dewey, Caitlin (October 7, 2015). "Incels, 4chan and the Beta Uprising: making sense of one of the Internet’s most-reviled subcultures" (Newspaper article). Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  7. Herman, B. (2014, Aug 22). Catfight at the anti-feminist corral: Felines join the anti-feminist debate. Newsweek.
  9. "Involuntary Celibacy: A Life Course Analysis," Denise Donnelly, Elisabeth Burgess, Sally Anderson, Regina Davis and Joy Dillard, The Journal of Sex Research Vol. 38, No. 2 (May, 2001) , pp. 159-169