Inside the Secret World of Incels
(BBC1, 11.35pm-12.25am) Incels
, short for involuntary celibates, are sexually frustrated young men who have found support among one another on the net.
Inside The Secret World Of Incels
BBC3, from Sun, 10am You've probably never heard of incels
, but you won't forget them after watching this documentary.
(We did not include the 2017 concert massacre on the Las Vegas Strip, though the perpetrator had reportedly verbally abused his girlfriend in public.) In a couple of cases, the attackers bore the hallmarks of so-called incels
: virulent misogynists who self-identify as "involuntarily celibate," an online subculture that gained notice following Elliot Rodger's 2014 deadly shooting spree in Southern California.
Over the past few years, readers of The New York Times and like publications have been treated to stories about the byzantine and frequently bizarre ways in which young (or youngish) people now relate to one another: hookup apps, ghosting, orbiting, gender, power, gender and power, consent, consent pledges, affirmative consent, enthusiastic consent, incels
, hentai, furries, cuckolding fetishes, BDSM gentrifiers in Bed-Stuy, husbands building sheds with their wives' boyfriends, and the moral quandaries of dating white women.
Kavanaugh supporters and at least one member of the Ford camp referred to the other side as "incels
class="MsoNormalPatriarchy seems to feel entitled to sexually abuse the female, as envisaged in the characters of the incels
(involuntary celibates) in the recent past.
"--who are predominantly white--view Jewish men and men of other races as being an undeserving obstacle between themselves and the white women they desire.
(1) Abby Ohlheiser, 'Inside the Online World of "Incels
," the Dark Corner of the Internet Linked to the Toronto Suspect', The Washington Post, 25 April 2018, <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2018/04/25/inside-the-online-world-of-incels-the-dark-corner-of-the-internet-linked-to-the-toronto-suspect/>, accessed 19 June 2018.
She wrote that it was the possibility that "women could be indifferent to them altogether, that men could be allowed sexual and emotional--therefore economic--access to women only on women's terms, otherwise being left on the periphery." In other words, she accurately forecast the incels
and men's rights activists who'd be furious that they could be ignored.
Like everything else in our blue touch paper, post-Trump, post-Brexit, post-sanity world, the Star Wars films have become a place of political engagement, a place where Incels
fight it out with SJWs, where the choice of making a character Asian or black or female is one person's progress and another's token white male bashing by PC liberals.
represent a form of extreme misogyny, but it would be a mistake to see them as somehow alien to American and Canadian societies.
(19) Debbie Ging, "Alphas, Betas, and Incels
: Theorizing the Masculinities of the Manosphere," Men and Masculinities (10 May 2017), online preprint, doi: 10.1177/1097184X17706401.
There was a lot of sniping between Ford supporters and Kavanaugh supporters and at least one member of the Ford camp referred to the other side as "incels
Like so many of the more appalling trends of recent years, incels
started life as part of the alt-right.