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 or sexual partners and blame it on women or other men (especially those who are sexually active). The subculture is often typified by expressions of self-pity, entitlement, and misogyny, as well sometimes promoting or condoning violence toward others. The phrase is commonly contracted as "incel." Members of the subculture lament their status as so-called involuntary celibates, laying the blame on women for somehow being the cause of their plight.
See also: involuntary
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