involuntary celibate

involuntary celibate

A label self-applied by members of the online subculture of men (mostly young, white, and heterosexual) who claim to be unable to find or attract women as romantic partners and post consequent expressions of self-pity, entitlement, and misogyny, as well sometimes promoting or condoning violence toward others (especially those who are sexually active). The phrase is commonly contracted as "incel." Elliot Rodger, perpetrator of the 2014 Isla Vista killings, has been celebrated as a hero by some involuntary celibates—so-called incels.
See also: involuntary
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From Hillary's defeat to a mediocre and abusive patriarch to the rise in school shootings and domestic terror attacks by young white men to "incel" culture (meaning "involuntary celibate"--a moniker adopted by young misogynists who blame women for their lack of romantic action) to #MeToo--conversations about men, masculinity, and the harm of patriarchy are happening on a mass scale.
Minassian belongs to an online group called Incel, which stands for Involuntary Celibate, a mysogynistic rabble who believe they're being unfairly denied love and validation by women because they're unattractive or socially awkward.
We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!" "Incel" is a term used on internet forums meaning "involuntary celibate", while "Chads" and "Stacys" denote people with more active sexual lives.
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.