By Sagar S
Incel ideology is reflected in the views of every other Indian man you’ve met. We may not have dedicated forums, but we do have a bunch of involuntary celibates. Most Indian men are probably not going to have sex until they are arranged to be married and casual misogyny comes as naturally as gas attacks in the morning.
Earlier this year, an attack in Toronto brought an internet scourge into the mainstream. Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Canadian man had driven his van on to a busy pavement and had mowed down several people, killing 10. Minassian had apparently left a Facebook note announcing that “the ‘incel’ rebellion has begun,” leaving many wondering if he had misspelled ISIS. But the attacker was in fact referring to “Incels”, an online community of “involuntary celibates”, who due to their self-proclaimed shitty personalities and less-than-ideal physical features, believe that they will remain virgins for life. This, they think, is fair reason to hate on every woman to have existed.
The attack had prompted a great deal of public hand-wringing, with several think pieces and explainer videos dedicated to understanding the phenomenon. But if I were to explain it in a nutshell, the “incel” is part of the larger “manosphere”, which classifies men into groups according to the well-known and totally scientific theory posited by The Matrix (1999). You can get ringside seats to this tamasha which is unfolding in the public square of the internet, Reddit.
But first, a crash course in terminology.
Men who’ve taken the blue pill, are “normies” who live to see incels cry, and enjoy relationships with women. They don’t spend their time wondering how to enslave all of the female gender and use them as sexual objects, making them, in the eyes of the incels, a bunch of “cucks”. Then there are the guys who claim to have taken the “red pill” – real hardcore these chaps are. They believe all women are shallow and DTF, provided the man is muscular and/or rich enough. As a result, you’ll often find one of these guys at a gym by themselves holding a bottle of protein shake, and wondering how best to get women drunk.
And then there are the incels, who say they have consumed the “black pill”. This means that they – luckily – will no longer seek relationships because they are too disgusted by the dating world, which is busy worshipping “Stacys” (superficial women), and “Chads” (alpha males). Incels assume Stacys and Chads are constantly hooking up and having a great time while ignoring incels, a line of thought which is simultaneously narcissistic and exhausting.
Most Indian men, who eat mommy issues with breakfast, are looking for that final replacement. They want a woman who’ll cook all hours of the day, and won’t accept that they have sexual desires.
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