Male Sexlessness is Rising, But Not for the Reasons Incels Claim
A recent terrorist attack in Toronto, which left 10 people dead, has brought global attention to the “incel” movement, which stands for “involuntarily celibate.” The term refers to a growing number of people, particularly young men, who feel shut out of any possibility for romance, and have formed a community based around mourning their celibacy, supporting each other, and, in some cases, stoking a culture of impotent bitterness and rage at the wider world. In a few cases, this rage has spilled over in the form of terrorist attacks by “incels.” While it may not be worthwhile to consider whether a terrorist’s claims about the world have any merit, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of incels aren’t terrorists, and their ideas are unlikely to just go away. As such, the question must be posed: is the incel account of modern sexual life correct or not?
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