Chad: April 25, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

I hope you know what incels are by this point, but my guess is you’ve been ignoring the white male terrorists and focusing on the brown, so let’s review.

An incel, short for “involuntary celibate”, is essentially someone who wishes to be having sex and is not — but it goes much past that. Incels believe that sex is a basic human right owed to them as men. Therefore, women who do not give them sex are committing a crime.

To quote a Vox article:

Some self-identified incels, as they call themselves, have developed an elaborate sociopolitical explanation for their sexual failures, one that centers on the idea that women are shallow, vicious, and only attracted to hyper-muscular men. They see this as a profound injustice against men like them, who suffer an inherent genetic disadvantage through no fault of their own. A small radical fringe believes that violence, especially against women, is an appropriate response — that an “Incel Rebellion” or “Beta [Male] Uprising” will eventually overturn the sexual status quo.

To an incel, the male ideal is called a Chad. Shallow women (that’s all of us, and they call us Stacies, or femoids, or when they’re feeling particular ornery, cunts) only sleep with Chads. I mean, sorry, but I can tell you from personal experience that there are plenty of women who sleep with guys who aren’t jacked, and in fact, aren’t particular into jacked men, but incels don’t believe it. They are self-pitying and happy to wallow in the idea that they are being denied something owed to them.

Anyway, main point: Alek Minassian, who used a van to mow down pedestrians in Toronto, is an incel. How do we know? This post, which he wrote on the day of the attack:

“Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!”

Elliot Rodger is an incel who murdered six people and injured fourteen.

I was reading about this all today, and that’s when I suddenly and unexpectedly entered a crossover episode. In the middle of a Southern Poverty Law Center article about how incels are celebrating Minassian and also doing fun things like threatening acid attacks, I found it: there’s an incel forum user with the name mikepence.

I mean, of course there is.

No, you aren’t going to go around demanding that women sleep with you because it’s your human right. And I also doubt you’re involuntarily celibate, though who knows; I don’t have any insight into what goes on in the Naval Observatory. But what you do have in common with incels is the idea that women are two-dimensional sex objects. Incels express this by expecting sex and disregarding the idea of consent. You express this by refusing to have lunch alone with a woman, because all we are to you are wanton temptresses. Different methods, same conclusion. Women are here for male gratification and shouldn’t have their own lives.

This won’t be the last incel attack.

D

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