Involuntary celibacy

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Involuntary celibacy or inceldom[1] means being unable to get sex or a romantic partner. An incel or incelibate[2][3] is a person who is in this situation. Female incels are sometimes called femcels.[4] Homosexual incels are sometimes called gaycels.[5]

Discussions on the incelosphere (incel websites) are mostly by heterosexual males. However, female and gay incels also exist.[6]

The word "incel" was invented in 1993 by a college student 'Alana' from Toronto, Ontario. She made a website to discuss her sexual inactivity with others.[7][8] The website, titled "Alana's Involuntary Celibacy Project",[9] was used by people of all genders to share posts about the topic. During her college career and after, she realized she was queer, and became more comfortable with her identity. She later gave the site to a stranger. After reading about the 2014 Isla Vista killings, she wrote, "Like a scientist who invented something that ended up being a weapon of war, I can't uninvent this word, nor restrict it to the nicer people who need it".[10] Another notable incel was Christine Chubbuck. She committed suicide on live tv in 1974.[11]

/r/incels on Reddit was one of the biggest Incel forums. On November 7, 2017, Reddit decided to get rid of it because of their new site rules. It was well known for promoting rape and other violence against women and romantically successful men, incest, and some even argued that marriage should be mandatory for girls by the age of 15.

Words used by Incels[change | change source]

Chad: A romantically successful man.

Stacy: A woman who is considered attractive.

Roastie: A woman who had sexual relationships with many men.

Black Pill: The real or perceived socially unspoken realizations that come from being a longtime incel.

References[change | change source]

  1. Mezzofiore, Gianluca (April 25, 2018). "The Toronto suspect apparently posted about an 'incel rebellion.' Here's what that means". CNN. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  2. "Incel: la comunidad misógina que mata por falta de sexo".
  3. Futrelle, David (27 April 2018). "When a Mass Murderer Has a Cult Following". The Cut.
  4. "Forget 'incels', 'femcels' are the new online terror to haunt your dreams". 27 June 2018.
  5. Ehman, Anandi C., and Alan M. Gross. "Sexual cyberbullying: Review, critique, & future directions." Aggression and Violent Behavior (2018).
  6. Letters (30 April 2018). "Women can be incels too - Letters" – via
  7. Schallhorn, Kaitlyn (2018-04-24). "'Incel' sexual frustration 'rebellion' at center of Toronto attack". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  8. Ling, Justin; Mahoney, Jill; McGuire, Patrick; Freeze, Colin (April 24, 2018). "The 'incel' community and the dark side of the internet". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  9. Ling, Justin; Mahoney, Jill; McGuire, Patrick; Freeze, Colin (2018-04-24). "The 'incel' community and the dark side of the internet". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  10. Baker, Peter (March 1, 2016). "The Woman Who Accidentally Started the Incel Movement". Elle. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  11. Kansan article [1]