Saturday 20 October 2018

Millennial Diary

Suspect Alek Minassian
Suspect Alek Minassian

Ciara O'Connor

'The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!" This is what 25-year-old Alek Minassian posted on Facebook, minutes before deliberately mounting a Toronto kerb in a van, murdering 10 pedestrians - mostly women.

The message would have been mystifying for most of us, written as it is in the language of the essentially alt-right 'manosphere' - where men who can't get laid are 'incels' (involuntary celibates), and the enemies are 'Chads', conventionally attractive men who have sex, and 'Stacys', the abhorred sluts who sleep with Chads and reject incels.

Alek Minassian murdered 10 people, having been radicalised in an online echo chamber which sees violence as the only possible response to a world where 'femoids' won't have sex with them - sex which they view as their natural right. The online groups for incels play out violent rape and murder fantasies online, trade their favourite videos of abuse of women, and encourage each other to go 'ER'

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