Some people who identify as incel suffer from physical disabilities or psychological disorders such as depression, Asperger syndrome, and body dysmorphic disorder.
Some visitors of incel forums attribute their inability to find a partner to physical or mental ailments, some others attribute it to extreme introversion.
The perpetrator of the 2009 Collier Township shooting, George Sodini, has been embraced by some of these communities.
The trend has since continued—after the 2018 Toronto van attack, a poster on a website created to supersede /r/incels wrote about suspected perpetrator Alek Minassian, "I hope this guy wrote a manifesto because he could be our next new saint." On October 1, 2015, Chris Harper-Mercer killed nine people and injured eight others before killing himself in a shooting at the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg, Oregon.
During her college career and after, she realized she was queer, and became more comfortable with her identity. One post titled "general question about how rapists get caught" was asked by a member pretending to be a woman, saying they wanted to know how a woman who was drugged and raped would begin finding her rapist.
Alana expressed regret at the change in usage, with her original intention being to create an "inclusive community" for men and women who were sexually deprived due to social awkwardness, marginalization or mental illness.
Shortly before the attack, Minassian had posted on Facebook that "the Incel Rebellion has already begun" and applauded Elliot Rodger.
Scientists from the Animal Cell Technology Unit published a paper in Scientific Reports journal that was now selected as one of the top 100 read papers in Cell Biology for Scientific Reports in 2017.
Why, then, is not wanting sex still seen as the oddball option?At a time when teenagers face increasing peer pressure to lose their virginity and couples are expected to enjoy sex well into retirement – aided by the twin gods of Viagra and hormone replacement therapy – could celibacy and asexuality be the last sexual taboos?'Questioning sex makes people very uneasy and there's a lot of stigma about not having sex,' says Hephzibah Anderson, who wrote the memoir Chastened (Vintage, £7.99) after choosing to be celibate for a year."Looksmaxing" is an attempt at enhancing one's appearance by methods including dressing nicely, going to the gym, or pursuing plastic surgery.There are also a number of race-based variations of the term "incel" which refer to people who believe their race is the reason behind their inability to find a partner, including "currycels" (people of South Asian ancestry) The incel subculture includes people who are in sexless marriages (or other sexless relationships) but who wish to be sexually active.It is considered to be distinct from asexuality and from voluntary sexual abstinence."Involuntary celibacy" is not a medical or psychological condition.People who have either self-identified as incels or who had mentioned incel-related names and literature in their private writings or internet postings have committed at least four mass murders in North America, resulting in forty-five deaths.The first online community to use the term "incel" was started in 1993 when a Canadian college student known only by her first name, Alana, created a website in order to discuss her sexual inactivity with others.Some incels with severe depression are also suicidal.Some mass murders in North America have been committed or are suspected to have been committed by men who have self-identified as involuntarily celibate, or whose statements align with incel ideologies.